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Veterans Ptsd

The Forced Resignation of General Shinseki: Not a Veterans' Affair

Camilo E. Mejia | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Camilo E. Mejia

Having sought medical care from the Miami Veterans Administration hospital for my PTSD, years after my return from the Iraq war, I know from personal experience how detrimental it can be for veterans to have to wait weeks, or months, for much-needed medical attention.

VA Mess a Team Effort -- Cleanup Must Be Too

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Joseph Bobrow

We are what we make of the cards we are dealt; our response to trauma is key. Let's hold the VA responsible; if the facts warrant, let accountability happen swiftly. But let's not forget the big picture: it takes a village.

Veterans' Well-Being: Improving Veterans Access to Health Care

Robert Piper | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Piper

I hope that one day a veteran can walk into any VA hospital or health care facility and be given options for any affliction that they're facing without being put on a waiting list. The government needs to help veterans get access to health care that they deserve.

How to Raise $50K+ for Vets and Heroes

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, we're launching the Veterans Charity Challenge 2 to raise money for good causes.

This Therapy Dog Helps Troops Deal With Post-Traumatic Stress

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.08.2014 | Good News

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — After three deployments to Iraq and three to Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Dennis Swols is agitated, prone to bouts of anger and u...

VA Cuts Highlight Need for National Strategy on Long-Term Care for Veterans

Steve Nardizzi | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Steve Nardizzi

WWP is committed to caring for these wounded warriors because we don't want them to simply survive -- we want to see them thrive. The goal should be to empower these veterans to live as independently as possible.

Combat PTSD Stigma Made Worse by Fort Hood Shooting Media Coverage

Harry Croft, M.D | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Harry Croft, M.D

It is extremely challenging to get service members (and others) to get treatment for the symptoms of PTSD with the negative connotations people already heap atop mental illness, let alone with the insinuation that these people are somehow killers in waiting.

Obama, Veterans Chief Discuss Fort Hood, Mental Health Challenges

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama and the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars have discussed the shooting...

Jan Diehm

This Map Shows The Deadly Aftermath Of War Right Here At Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Jan Diehm | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

Army Spc. Ivan Lopez, the veteran who fatally shot three people before taking his own life Wednesday at Fort Hood, Texas, is among a growing number of...

Response to Fort Hood -- a Bigger Picture

Stacy Bare | Posted 06.05.2014 | Impact
Stacy Bare

I believe, that regardless of diagnosis, all veterans need support in the transition from military life to veteran and civilian life and that this transition is not often an easy one.

Vets Respond To Fort Hood Shooting: Let's End The Stigma Around Mental Health Issues

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.04.2014 | Impact

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s mass shooting at Fort Hood, veterans and mental health advocates stressed the importance of reducing the stigma arou...

Why 'Mentally-Ill Soldier' Reporting On Fort Hood Shooting Was Sloppy Journalism

Mark Joyella | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Joyella

These kinds of subtle connections, floated out in headlines, ledes and in repeated questions to experts in endless cable news coverage, result in reinforcement of stigma and a lost opportunity to educate viewers and readers on what mental illness and PTSD really are.

War Vet: Military Violence Caused In Part By Recruiting From 'Predisposed Trauma Demographic'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 04.03.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

In the wake of the Fort Hood shooting Wednesday, war veterans joined HuffPost Live to discuss the mental health issues, namely Post Traumatic Stress D...

Wisdom Does Not Always Follow Age

Zachary Bell | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Zachary Bell

Imagine how Marines all over the country feel as they remember fighting for their lives and how they feel now, or try to imagine what it's like to come home and realize the memory of who you were is better than the reality of who you are.

Courting Demons: Jen Percy's Quest to Understand War and Exorcism

Ru Freeman | Posted 05.25.2014 | Books
Ru Freeman

Jen Percy's non-fiction account of the way war affected a particular American veteran, begins this way: "Sergeant Caleb Daniels wanted to save all the veterans from killing themselves."

Is Surviving Enough for Post-9/11 Veterans?

Steve Nardizzi | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Steve Nardizzi

These statistics don't tell the full story. For those recovering from a TBI, they face a long road toward recovery and rehabilitation. They have survived, but how will they relearn to thrive?

Feds Make Major Shift On Using Marijuana To Treat Veterans' PTSD

AP | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

BY MATTHEW PERRONE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The federal government has signed off on a long-delayed study looking at marijuana as a treatment for vete...

Carolyn Gregoire

This Congressman Wants A Law That Would Actually Help Veterans Heal

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.13.2014 | Healthy Living

Wisconsin native Travis Leanna was 22 years old in 2007, when he was deployed to Fallujah for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Initially buzzing with exciteme...

The Ballad of Ira Hayes

Doug Bradley | Posted 04.22.2014 | Impact
Doug Bradley

Unlike other vets plagued by similar tribulations, Ira Hayes had to deal with his demons out in the open where everyone could see.

Which Memory Can I Erase for You Today?

Uloop | Posted 04.21.2014 | College
Uloop

Although the studies are only now taking place on mice, they bring many ethical questions of memory to the forefront, and also question patient accessibility to this type of treatment in the future, since it involves the use of a future prescription drug to remove the unwanted memories.

Love Is in the Air This Valentine's Day: Even When PTSD Is Present

Harry Croft, M.D | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Harry Croft, M.D

The good news is that PTSD doesn't have to put a damper on your Valentine's Day. With appropriate and effective treatment the condition can be controlled, allowing love and romance to prosper yet again in your relationship.

Yoga: Serving Those Who Serve

Rob Schware | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Olivia Kvitne, who started her service career in 2003 teaching low-cost private yoga sessions for people with disabilities w...

Norman E. Rosenthal: Meditation to Boost Morale, Performance and Creativity in Business

Norman E. Rosenthal | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Norman E. Rosenthal

It occurred to me that one method, perhaps the most important, was being overlooked or, at the very least, deemphasized so as to be lost in the maelstrom of advice. I am referring, of course, to meditation.

Laurie Halse Anderson on Her New Book, The Impossible Knife of Memory

Monica Edinger | Posted 03.16.2014 | Books
Monica Edinger

Laurie Halse Anderson is a familiar name in the world of children's and young adult literature . In her latest, The Impossible Knife of Memory, we meet 17 year-old Hayley Kincaid whose mother died when she was small.

The True Cost of Blind Patriotism: Despair and Veteran Suicide

William McNulty | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
William McNulty

Today, PTSD is better understood and treated than it has ever been. Why, then, is suicide so much more prevalent in young men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan when compared with the general population?