To most people, the gym is a place to build muscle, burn calories, and better one’s health. For gym-going combat veterans, the reason is much deeper than that.
Around 8,000 military veterans and service members commit suicide every year according to the VA, including 300 on active duty. One local group is working to reduce those alarming numbers.
Veterans from around the Joplin area gathered in Neosho on Saturday morning to enjoy a solitary pursuit together.
Drug & alcohol problems linked to increased veteran suicide risk, especially in women, long-term study finds
Veterans who have drug or alcohol problems are more than twice as likely to die by suicide as their comrades, a new study finds.
The House has approved legislation that would make it harder to keep veterans who are “mentally incapacitated, deemed mentally incompetent” or prone to blackouts from buying guns.
“Is there blood and guts, as well?” one of the four psych clinicians asks during the virtual-reality demo, as a simulated explosion on an Iraqi street wreathes his convoy in dust and flames.
Of all the art Rick Armstrong has made in recent months, his best work was created by salvaging a piece that was broken.
After the United States withdrew troops from Iraq in 2011, thousands of combat troops were expelled from the force with less than honorable discharges as the military came under pressure to downsize quickly.
Vietnam veteran Percy Jones is one of thousands who have served in the military and now suffers from depression. Jones fought his battle with depression for years and eventually began isolating himself, making matters worse.
Local veterans groups are planning a protest later this month in an attempt to improve health care for Vietnam veterans affected by Agent Orange, a powerful herbicide used during the war.
There are many faces of the American soldier. Some are of bravery and sacrifice, but for those that survive to tell the tale, there are internal wounds from the battlegrounds that come as another fight to win.
Fighting this crisis is difficult and demands action on numerous fronts – we need to focus on prioritizing and empowering the VA so that veterans have quality, affordable physical and mental health care. Our community leaders must take the steps necessary to pursue real solutions to opioid abuse.
For 15 years, Gerald Whittaker has been training dogs at the Assistance Service Dog Educational Center in the old schoolhouse north of town.
Todd Vance was serving in the US Army when the September 11 attacks occurred.
Though the veterans home is still accepting visitors, there are six confirmed cases of the flu, according to the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board.
Emmy-nominated celebrity dog behaviorist Cesar Millan has been on a road trip across America with his son Andre to help organizations and people rescuing canines in need for his new TV series, “Dog Nation.”
A clinical trial is underway on the effectiveness of marijuana for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans.
They leave their families, giving their time, talents and skills to protect others. But when veterans, especially women, come home, there is a battle they often fight alone.
It is possible to ride the Appaloosas that Ric Jerez uses in his equine assisted therapy, but that’s not how it works. Rather, they help people in distress get better by just being themselves.
Gabe Martinez did what only one percent of today’s Americans do: actively served his country in uniform. His service resulted in the loss of both of his legs after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan. Despite three out of four veterans having some sort of service-connected disability, today’s veteran is resilient. Injury – whether emotional […]
Extensive revisions to New Mexico’s medical marijuana program that would automatically allow all military veterans to qualify as patients are advancing in the state Legislature.
Mental illness is everybody’s problem.
Tech. Sgt. Jim Lewis has crossed paths with veterans and active duty service members living with post-traumatic stress disorder during his service with the U.S. Air Force.
The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017 (HR 299), a bill to restore the presumption of Agent Orange exposure to those veterans who served in the bays, harbors and territorial seas of Vietnam
A hospital corpsman assigned to Marine units throughout his wartime career is looking out for his fellow troops as a civilian now, and his new job involves giving more people that same opportunity.
As we look toward the future of healthcare in our country, we must aim to prioritize the health of a well-deserving group of individuals, our nation’s military veterans.
New government research showed that female military veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of other women.
Here in the Cleveland area, we are fortunate to have a VA Medical Center ready to treat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental and substance abuse disorders.
At least one Quad-City military veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, added a new coping mechanism to his arsenal this fall.
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