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DTAP Program for Transitioning Disabled Vets

There are many available programs for transitioning disabled veteran, from both the public and private sectors; they will not be forgotten.

Bronze Star for Valor Cop Bullet for Death

149 killed this year in Afghanistan and 24 in Iraq. Almost six months of combat 173 killed. This is day 149 of this year meaning at least 2,682 veterans have taken their own lives so far.

Pfc. Kyle Brooks denied and died

“They were treating him for PTSD while he was still over there (in Iraq),” said Mark Charters of Midland, Brooks’ uncle. “They gave him an honorable discharge, a month’s worth of pills and then told him that he wasn’t eligible for help at the VA hospital because he hadn’t served 24 months of active duty.”

Counselors forced to sign form to NOT treat PTSD?

Outraged by a change in a counseling contract that provides mental health care to military personnel and their families, a Missoula therapist is waging a one-person war to defend soldiers' rights.

National Guard soldiers given “bum’s rush in favor of regular Army...

There are so many secrets this country has, it is hard to know where to begin. It isn't that no one is talking about these things, but too many are dismissing them as just rumors. Nothing new really. Considering when veterans of wars going back to the Revolution, came home with what we call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder today, up until 40 years ago, no one was doing anything about it other than looking for excuses to ignore their pain.

PTSD name change pushed by more

by Chaplain Kathie They face bullets and bombs, watch friends die, risk their lives everyday for a year at a time, endure no sleep, lousy...

ALERT: VA Salisbury NC Trying to Decrease Backlog of Claims

The VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network, which includes all of North Carolina and parts of Virginia and West Virginia, is the only VA network in the nation using the “blitz” method to clear its backlog. The network is behind on about 4,000 to 5,000 requests, LaPuz said. “Salisbury by itself is caught up, and now we’re trying to help out our sister facilities,” he said. “In three weeks — one week a month for the next three months — we expect to complete about 1,500 exams.” The goal is to complete these exams within 30 days from the date Starting this week, W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury is taking on a growing backlog of compensation and pension (C&P) exams during what staff term a “blitz” of three one-week sessions. The hospital, along with eight others in the VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network, is dedicating up to 80 percent of its primary care appointment schedule to the exams March 7-11, April 11-15 and May 9-13.

Fundamental difference between a veteran’s and a civilian’s PTSD

First let me say that being right does no good if no one listens. Too many years ago, I noticed a difference between civilian survivors and participants. By that I mean, law enforcement and military personnel. There is one kind of PTSD survivors experience after a crime, natural disaster, accidents and abuse but there is another type when people are part of the traumatic event itself. Then there is the type after violence was used in response coupled with the constant threat of more events.

Impotent Power of Words

There are so many reports and articles on PTSD that you'd think it is a well known issue everyone knows about. Unlike the ads for erectile dysfunction (ED) so well searched for the term pops up with just "erec" typed into Google or Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) medication, we don't see ads for medications for PTSD. How did these topics end up with multi-million dollar ad campaigns? Was it out of the goodness of their hearts corporations paid to spread the word? No, they have a product to sell so they spread the word about issues a lot of people suffered with silently. RA is painful but did not come with a stigma attached to it. Erectile dysfunction had a huge "shame" factor, so men didn't talk about it while women complained to their friends about it.

CHAPLAIN KATHIE: Sally Satel Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is...

Sally Satel is still at it with the support from American Enterprise Institute. For years she's been trying to say that PTSD is nothing more than veterans looking for an easy ride. She hasn't changed and her claims remain that taking care of veterans with PTSD is a waste of money.

Army Denied Spc. Brandon Barrett a Military Funeral

"The Army denied Spc. Brandon Barrett a military funeral." Why? Is it because he had a shootout with police or because what they did...

Suicide by Cop or Combat?

...they survive combat but cannot survive back home By Chaplain Kathie STAFF WRITER The reports have come out for years. They survive combat but cannot survive...

VA Attacks Own Revised PTSD Rules, Promotes Anti-veteran Dr. Sally Satel

Your Veterans Service Organizations liaison from the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is now promoting the work of...

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News 1. Council backs plan to treat veteran patients at Shore Memorial.  Shore News Today However, the plan has yet...

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News 1. Updated list of Ships with exposure to Agent Orange - Blue Water Navy has updated its list...

Iraq War vet waves gun at church goers, police use brains

This happened last Sunday. An Iraq veteran lives across the street from a church and decided to wave a gun as people arrived for...

Troops can’t heal what they can’t feel

Drugs have one job and that is to get people to feel better. Antibiotics stop infections so that the body can take over and...

‘We Will Oppose Obama As Long As He Supports War’

We the undersigned share with nearly two-thirds of our fellow Americans the conviction that our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq should be ended and...

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News 1. In 2010, More U.S. Service Members Took Their Own Lives Than Were Killed in Combat. After noting that...

Patty Murray Looks to Become Next Chair of Senate VA Committee

Update: Veterans for Common Sense exec director, Paul Sullivan, says of Sen. Patty Murray becoming chair: "One word will do for  Murray: 'Fantastic!'"  Senator Patty Murray will...

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News 1. Urgent Reminder: Deadline at Midnight January 27 to Enroll in VA Health Care In January 2008 Congress increased...

Chaplain Kathie: When they can’t see the enemy

When they can't see the enemy By Chaplain Kathie STAFF WRITER "We don't know who we're fighting over there, who's friendly and who isn't," he said....

DoD Starts Implementing Pre-Deployment Health Exams—14 Years Late

After 14 Years, Pentagon Finally Complies with Law Passed as "Lesson Learned" from Military's Failure to Care for Gulf War Veterans By Bob Brewin in...

Veterans aren’t lying about PTSD

As the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) made significant steps last year in improving the ludicrous regulations for veterans obtaining disability...

National Guard Suicides Double in 2010

Hey, General Peter Chiarelli, the suicides must some of that 'risky behavior' done in blatant violation of existing Army policies and standards, you dolt! You ever wish the DoD had...

Not all VA programs the same

The Orlando VA had a meeting this morning on addressing the homeless veterans population. While all said that was being done sounds great I...

Blaming the Veteran: The Politics of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs (DVA) has come a long way since the Bush-Cheney administration when VA-embedded neocons engaged in search-and-destroy missions of Vietnam-era veterans who...

Bad Start: New Vet Affairs House Chair: Look at VA Cost,...

U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller (Rep-Fla) is a former real estate broker and deputy sheriff who is now the new chairman of the House Veterans...

Vet Centers: Here to Help

Special counseling services are available to combat Veterans from every era. Watch this informative video below about Vet Centers, then find out more about...

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News 1.      Warner Releases VA Report on Female Veterans.  In continuing coverage, an AP (1/11, Sampson) story carried by...

Is VA Comp Protected and Off-limits to third parties? A Vietnam...

Title 38 USC 5301 – Sec. 5301, Non-Assignability and Exempt Status of Benefits reads VA benefit payments "shall be exempt from the claim of creditors,...

Two-fold increase in Fort Hood Suicides

They would not listen, as the song goes, perhaps they never will. The Army does not seem to get the fact that the shootings...

When I See a Soldier

They say it all the time. Civilians don't understand them. No one wants to listen to them. They feel as if they don't belong...

GOP Looks at Cutting Veterans Health Benefits for 2011-12 Session to...

The Republican Party has it knives out and is casting its eyes with a lean and hungry look on 'Quite Extreme' Veterans Health Benefits. "My...

Defense Department Wrongfully Discharges Nearly 26,000 Veterans, Refuses to Release Records

Washington, D.C.--The Defense Department's (DoD) failure to comply with the law in releasing records that show it has blocked disabled veterans from receiving disability...

Zahir Ebrahim: America’s War Veterans, PTSD and its Cure – Feature...

The two American websites, Veterans Today and Salem News, run by two former US Military veterans, contain some of the most outstanding RealitySpeak writings...

VA says PTSD claims up 125%

This is just the beginning. You may think that nine years after troops were sent into Afghanistan that this would be close to the...

Vietnam Veterans of America sues for wrongfully discharged

Pentagon has wrongfully discharged nearly 26,000 service members Let's say that all of these servicemen and women did in fact have a "personality disorder" before...

Vets Want Answers to ‘Wrongful’ Discharges

Lawsuit seeks to compel the Defense Department (DoD) to comply with Freedom of Information requests for records related to discharges for personality disorder and...

Police train to help veterans with PTSD

A 911 call made by a wife after being punched by her husband can result with the veteran in jail. The shocked wife had...