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.
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 […]
Mental illness is everybody’s problem.
Esteban Santiago Terrorist or Crazy Guy?
Nearly one out three veterans who seek treatment for a substance use disorder also has PTSD
Watch Iraq war veteran Jerral learning how to control the world’s most advanced prosthetic arm with his mind.
Today, the Veterans Health Administration released new data about veterans’ suicides, based upon examination of over 55 million veteran records from 1979 to 2014, from every state in the nation and U.S. territories.
Andy Grant, severely injured by an IED in Afghanistan, elected to have his leg amputated for a better quality of life and has now set his mind to beating the world record for 10 km by a single amputee.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” — Bill of Rights, Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States “I like guns. I do not expect to have to use mine to defend the […]
Video Intro Prescription drugs and medical marijuana continue to be at the center of an ongoing debate between those who are tasked with determining the best treatments for combat veterans who suffer from wartime ailments and those who have found temporary relief and even cures for Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) in medical marijuana. In the movie […]
There is a part of the war story we often don’t see after our troops come home. Sure, we see the homecoming hugs and the lines of people lined up at the airports cheering our returning battle-fatigued service members. But then the story goes dark. Until we see the reports on homelessness or suicide. What […]
Last week USA Today reported that “Employees at 40 VA medical facilities in 19 states and Puerto Rico regularly “zeroed out” veteran wait times.” The manipulation of the data masked the growing demand on services, preventing a response to plus up services where needed. As a result, some veterans simply died waiting on services because […]
At least that is what Marine Cpl. Cole Lyle believes, seeking alternative treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with legislative action for his Puppies Assisting Wounded Service members (PAWS) Act.
PTSD HELP FOR VETS: On October 17 plan to attend Veterans an important veterans fundraising event to help soldiers with PTSD. Get more info now
The pursuit of wealth, fame and treasure in America is a staple to its history. In the early days, men and women alike flocked to the west in pursuit of gold. Today, some sue cities to gain a bit of wealth, others play lottery, and some use their elected office for personal financial gain. A […]
Thousands of service members every year are diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – a diagnosis that labels one as having either experienced or witnessed some sort of traumatic event. Often with PTSD comes a number of physical and psychological symptoms along with a social stigma that the individual has a mental illness – or in […]
The data from a recently released report highlighting the physical and psychological health of troops who participate in the Army Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program, a program launched in 2009 designed to build troop resiliency, was disavowed by Sharyn Saunders, chief of the Army Resiliency Directorate. The reason? Despite the $287 million campaign to […]
California University of Pennsylvania student Brittney Cassidy found that it was no easy task re-entering civilian life after leaving behind the camaraderie she experienced while deployed to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with her Pennsylvania Army National Guard unit.
MARINE CORPS veteran Clay Hunt was one of thousands. Hunt was 26 when he committed suicide, following tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Fifty-one thousand American troops have come home from Iraq or Afghanistan diagnosed with brain injury. What’s become of them?
There is a lot to be said for the idea of requiring that funding be provided for the future medical care of veterans as part of any decision to go to war. That not only might help the maimed veterans we already have but will encourage long, hard thinking before creating more of them.
Last night, 60 Minutes aired The War Within, a window into Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder therapies – such as Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy – that VA professionals use to treat Veterans we are privileged to serve
OSAT, the premier on-line substance abuse treatment company, believes that no soldier should ever have to wait for treatment or be denied treatment due to lack of funds. OSAT has launched a special offer to any of the 2.6 million war veterans who have served our country.
Roanoke, Virginia VARO, just so happens to rank among the “Top 10” of dysfunctional and inept VA Regional Offices.
In 2010 it was found that 11% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from a drug problem
When considering the health of veterans who have faced years of combat and the toll it can take on their bodies, sometimes it can well be forgotten that their mental health suffers greatly too.
“The golden key to self-healing is gratefulness. Only gratefulness can transcend the darkness of unworthiness, self-pity and self-negation and fully open the door to the heart ~ without which no true healing can occur.”
Univeristy researchers will test if mindfulness therapy can help veterans who have difficulty sleeping after coming home from forward units
PTSD symptoms can include recurrent nightmares, flashbacks, irritability and feeling distant from other people. Some people recover, others, it may be a lifelong struggle
The VA recently completed a media campaign for its call center “Coaching Into Care,” a telephone service which provides assistance to family members and friends trying to encourage their Veteran to seek health care for possible readjustment and mental health issues.