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Iraq War Veteran Waits Two Years for PTSD Benefits – Pending...

From Veterans for Common Sense: by Annie Bishop    - According to Veterans for Common Sense, a non-profit group based in Washington, DC, 47 percent of claims...

The Small City of Canal Fulton, Ohio

The small city of Canal Fulton, Ohio, rolled out the “red carpet” and flag waving crowds swelled along the streets in anticipation.  May 17,...

Veterans-For-Change Report

Nearly 3,000 Individuals Have Responded to the CalVet Survey To Help Prioritize Services to California’s Veterans Sacramento – Nearly 3,000 individuals have responded to the...

Top 10 Veterans News from Around the Country

VA-purchased equipment is flying down the slopes and gliding across the ice at the 2010 Winter Paralympics Games in Vancouver this week. Five Veterans are competing in Vancouver and the adaptive sports equipment they will use to compete and for day-to-day mobility (wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs) were provided by VA Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service (PSAS). This is the first Paralympics Winter Games in which athletes will be competing with equipment provided by VA.

Combat Vet’s PTSD Untreated; Blames Her Gender

According to recent VA statistics, PTSD and depression are the top disability claims among America's female veterans — many of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan. But many of them have trouble proving that they saw combat — a key to getting treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Top 10 Veterans News from Around the Country

VA Planning To Expedite Agent Orange Claims Process. In continuing coverage, Government Technology (3/12, Wilkinson) reports, "In what's being touted as a major step to better serve Vietnam veterans," the US Department of Veterans Affairs "is planning to expedite the claims process for those with illnesses due to Agent Orange exposure."

GORDON DUFF: From an “Old Fart”, Advice for our Soldiers...

THIS IS "BETWEEN US" By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor I just returned from the region after a REMF "combat tour" of my own, 5 star...

Study on Brain Processing May Lead to PTSD Treatment

Medical researchers and veterans advocates eagerly await the findings of  a University of Wisconsin-Madison study on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) focusing on how brains...

Silent Wounds: The True Signature Wound of the War on Terror

Our country is in the middle of a health care crisis, the likes of which we have never experienced. At the center of this crisis is a silent wounding of our armed forces that often goes unrecognized. If you believe the Rand Corporation' s estimates, silent wounding may be affecting as many as 640,000 veterans.

Army Veteran Faces Fed Charges after Assault at VA

Another veteran frustrated with the Dept of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and suffering from PTSD after surviving three combat tours, lost it and allegedly "made a...

Class Action Suit to Yield Benefits for Thousands of Veterans

CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT TO YIELD BETTER BENEFITS FOR THOUSANDS OF VETERANS SUFFERING FROM PTSD AND THEIR FAMILIES - Lawyers Serving Warriors Veterans must opt-in by...

Study Suggests Discussion of Killing to Help Veterans Cope

The act of killing is as fundamental to war as oxygen is to fire. Yet it is also the one thing many combat veterans avoid discussing when they return home, whether out of shame, guilt or a deep fear of being misunderstood. But a new study of Iraq war veterans by researchers in San Francisco suggests that more discussion of killing may help veterans cope with an array of mental health problems stemming from war.

Top 10 Veterans News Around the Country 2/12/10

VA is known for its commitment to innovative quality and safety programs and for the transparency of results they achieve. In 2008, VA issued its first comprehensive facility-level report of quality and safety data, reporting on care provided in inpatient and outpatient settings, quality of care within specific patient populations, and patient satisfaction and outcomes. Improved and re-issued in 2009, the report is a comprehensive snapshot of the quality of care VA provides.

VETERANS’ Stand Down Rally Milwaukee WI

This post is related to my previous one on DryHootch coffee shops. Again although the focus is on Wisconsin, I wanted to give our readers...

Dryhootch – A Place for Vets to Reconnect

"....take the money from your magnetic “support our troops” ribbon, or the money from a company putting that “support our troops” ad on TV;...

Book Review Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace

About two years ago my wife and I heard Pro-Peace activist Maxine Hong Kingston speak at Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio right outside...

Army Report: PTSD up – Combat wounds not the leading cause...

American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan were more likely to be medically evacuated for health problems such as a bad back than for combat...

Benefits Eligibility Extended

At least 4,300 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who left the military because of post-traumatic stress disorder are eligible to have their cases reviewed to see if they were improperly denied benefits, a nonprofit veterans group said. The group, National Veterans Legal Services Program, said the law required service members who had been separated from the military at least in part because of post-traumatic stress must receive disability ratings of at least 50 percent to receive benefits.

PTSD and Force Readiness

By  THOMAS C. HALL, CHAIR, Vietnam Veterans of America, PTSD/SUBSTANCE ABUSE COMMITTEE Suicide rates in the active military and among veterans are on the rise....

Regional Veterans’ News

# Salida, Colorado V.A. Opens Rural Telehealth Clinic in Salida # Albuquerque, New Mexico Vet's death highlights PTSD problem # Fort McCoy, Wisconsin Soldiers Transitioning Back Into Civilian Life # San Diego, California "The Two Star General Who Wasn't Pleads Guilty # Elmira, New York, New York Veteran's widow battles killer parasite from Vietnam

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, A Common Consequence of Exposure to Explosions, Blasts,...

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI): JUST THE FACTS  By Carol Ware Duff MSN, BA, RN Injuries to the brain may be more common than you know. With exposure...

SPECIAL SERIES: Training Your Own PTSD Service Dog by Dr. Joan...

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows persons living with mental health disabilities to train their own psychiatric service dog.

My Struggle with P.T.S.D: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Buzz words for the Epoch. In some small or major way we will all have experienced P.T.S.D in some form and to some degree in our life times. I first experienced P.T.S.D when I was all but 14 years of age as a young cadet with a militia group - the B.C.D.s (British Columbia Dragoons Army Cadet Corp.)

SENSITIVITY TRAINING FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS: PTSD

Instructional Protocol/Sensitivity during Interaction with PTSD Sufferers By Carol Ware Duff RN MSN University of Toledo School of Nursing The purpose of this teaching program it...

PTSD and the Purple Heart

Views from the professional community

New VA finding: No liberal biased news limits PTSD stressors!

New VA finding: No liberal biased news limits PTSD stressors! by Robert L. Hanafin, SP/5, U.S. Army (69-76) The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) yep, I...