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War Veterans Ptsd

WATCH: Montel Williams Demands Support For Veterans

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Black Voices

Montel Williams may no longer host his own talk show, but he’s not keeping quiet, especially amidst the political turmoil and scandal surrounding Am...

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.

When the War Comes Home

Kayla Williams | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Kayla Williams

My own symptoms of post traumatic stress had faded within six months or so of coming home, and I was relieved. Then came my delayed reaction to a 10-year passage of time from the day I drove over the berm into Iraq as a soldier, sparked by that photo, and it all washed away.

What Telling Our Truths Demands

Leila Levinson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

I am doing this so that the public can witness the trauma that follows war. Witness. Because this trauma is as much yours as it is ours. Witness and own it. Witnessing breaks the isolation trauma creates. Witnessing furthers the healing of individuals and of our society.

See Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor, a Documentary About Wounded Veterans Doing Stand-Up Comedy

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

It seems to me that there's a lesson here for those who are trying to help veterans who have returned home with mental disorders. Formal treatment can be very helpful and more veterans need to get access to it, but laughter can also be a great healer.

Healing on the Home Front: Domestic Violence and Post-Traumatic Stress

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

Post-traumatic stress is an understandable reaction to the horror of war or rape or surviving a natural disaster. It develops into a disorder if those suffering don't get the support and assistance they need.

Everyone Should Be Talking About Removing the Stigma of PTSD That Veterans Face

Robert Piper | Posted 04.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Piper

I'm proud to live in America, and I love the fact that brave men and women support the military efforts of this country by keeping us safe. They should also be offered the proper health care and employment opportunities to get back onto their feet.

Veteran's Day 2012: A Tribute

Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo | Posted 01.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo

Let's remember that the effects of their service do not end once they are no longer actively in the military. Veterans continue to give us significant parts of their lives, even years after their duty is over.

Invisible War Wounds and the New Face of Addiction

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

The invisible wounds of war are breeding a new generation of addiction in America, and we have a moral duty to help our veterans heal holistically.

Stopping the Surge of Military Suicides: How to Win This Preventable War

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

This week's release of a National Strategy for Suicide Prevention is an important step forward, but we must now invest the resources, develop innovative partnerships, and take the actions necessary across all sectors of society to prevent this silent wound of war and tragic loss of life among America's service men and women.

Life Is Great at 90

Irwin Stovroff | Posted 10.10.2012 | Impact
Irwin Stovroff

At 90, you'd think that I might be looking back -- thinking about my own days as a veteran after being freed from a Nazi POW camp, growing my career and raising my family, and of the honors I've received. And of course, all this does mean a lot to me. But the truth is I'm looking forward.

Yoga: How We Serve Active-Duty Service Members

Rob Schware | Posted 09.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

"There is a huge stigma in the military about men practicing yoga, an even bigger stigma on getting treatment for PTSD. So you can only imagine how difficult it is to get a guy with PTSD onto a mat!"

This Independence Day, Let's Give the Gift of Yoga to Veterans

Rob Schware | Posted 09.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

Therapies and supports exist to help war veterans overcome obstacles; among them are the practices of yoga and meditation, which are yielding promising and measurable benefits.

Veterans, Trauma and Yoga: Are We Moving Quickly Enough?

Rob Schware | Posted 08.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

Yoga is being offered in some VA medical centers to help address unmet mental health needs. In fact, a recent study found that nearly 30 percent of Specialized PTSD Treatment Programs offer yoga as a treatment option. But is this enough? Are we moving fast enough?

Goodbye/Hello 24 'Memorial Day and PTSD'

Patt Cottingham | Posted 07.31.2012 | Impact
Patt Cottingham

As we honor Memorial Day for all the soldiers that gave their lives for this country. I wanted to take the time to honor the unseen casualties returning to our communities with PTSD.

The Right Ruff! -- What Makes an Elite Service Dog

Irwin Stovroff | Posted 07.10.2012 | Impact
Irwin Stovroff

Having seen the profound impact these dogs make on the lives of men and women who have sacrificed so much for their country, I can tell you that it's all worth it -- and then some. And, by the way, the dogs love it too.

The Spiritual Backfire of War

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 01.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

Putting politics aside, putting aside the saber rattling for the next war, it is time to learn meaningful ways of welcoming veterans home and in doing so learning to heal the torn tissues of the soul of this country.