The Stigmas Surrounding PTSD and TBI


by Alex Horton


Many active duty folks and Veterans have an impressive sense of history. They can recall specific battles in World War II, name obsolete military equipment from past eras and fondly recall their relative’s own military experience. But we also have a strong sense of the pervasive stereotypes that have haunted Vietnam Vets. Stigmas wrongfully attached to them still carry weight today.

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli recently spoke on the importance of recognizing post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury as real injuries despite their invisible nature. The symptoms are evident, and the consequences life-long for Veterans and their families:

“The truth is, because we don’t see these injuries…they don’t receive the same level of attention as amputations, burns, shrapnel injuries,” Chiarelli said. “There is simply a bias – and I really mean that — there is a bias either conscious or subconscious toward invisible wounds and injuries…It exists everywhere including in the medical community.”

PTSD and TBI are marks of war, as real and permanent as those mentioned by Gen. Chiarelli. Read up on post-traumatic stress, as well as traumatic brain injury, to determine if you have symptoms associated with those ailments. I know some folks who have waited for years for a diagnosis when they could’ve been in a treatment program. Don’t wait to get help.

Emmett’s to go.(TimeOut)

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) July 22, 2011 Emmett’s to go Not feeling very social? Take Emmett’s Ale House to go. Choose from Victory Pale Ale, McCarthy Red Ale, 1871 Pre-Prohibition Style Lager and Robust Porter in six packs for $9.99 or cases for about $43. Or get most other beers in growlers. Call ahead to confirm stock, if your heart is set on a particular brew.

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7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at La Tosca Ristorante and Pizzeria, 123 E. St. Charles Road, Villa Park. (630) 832-5300 or

Champagne and chicken Champagne and fried chicken. They might be an unlikely combo, but together they’re a tasty treat at El’s Kitchen and Bar. Sip $5 per glass Secco Bianco Italian Bubbles Sparkling White Champagne on Thursdays and order the buttermilk battered Southern fried chicken. It only costs $10 for a half chicken and $15 for a full.

Thursdays at El’s Kitchen and Bar, 1450 W. Webster Ave., Chicago. (773) 248-5210 or

— Sara Hooker


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