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Veterans Call For Better Emotional Support

Young war veterans are calling for better emotional support for those returning from service in Afghanistan.

Clinician's Trauma Update

For COMPLETE summaries, see this month's CTU-Online PDF   This issue of CTU-Online contains 10 summaries: Evidence reviews of PTSD prevention and treatment: The Agency for Healthcare...

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 27 2013

The National Center for PTSD at VA continually promotes public awareness and understanding of PTSD. In June we ask everyone else to join our efforts.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 24, 2013

If you’ve never considered getting an HIV test before, consider getting one now. VA recommends all Veterans, regardless of age and personal risk, get tested at least once in their lifetime. Testing is available at your local VA medical center.

VA Starts Campaign to Raise PTSD Awareness

In observance of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) awareness month, the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD invites the public to participate in its “Take the Step” campaign.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 19, 2013

After returning home, Mitcham was encouraged by her colleagues to seek appropriate care, and continued to serve for several years after seeking treatment.

Veteran suicide – Growing Numbers, Intensified Outreach

Sleep was dangerous for me. I couldn't handle the nightmares. I thought I was psychotic. I diagnosed myself with anything other than PTSD.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 18, 2013

VA deployed five mobile Vet Centers from across the region to assist Boston area Veterans as well as first responders to the bombing, providing on the ground counseling and referrals to anyone who needed it.

Do Military Service and/or Mental Health Issues Lead to Urinary Tract...

One of the most important realizations by VA physician researchers in the past decade has been that mental illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression can be linked, sometimes very strongly, to various physical illnesses.

Red tape trauma: 851,000 War Veterans Await Benefits

Mickey D'heron is one of hundreds of thousands of veterans waiting for disability claims to be addressed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, an unfortunate legacy for those who served in uniform.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 12, 2013

Veterans Affairs does not lend money but guarantees a portion of a veteran’s loan, even with no down payment. But the department will offer guarantees on loans only up to a certain amount, about

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 10, 2013

According to Fred Davis, campus director for the Office of Veterans Affairs at Rutgers-Camden, Orellana is familiar to many veterans on campus.

Washington DC Trash

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ looming “Backlog” problem is the same as our governments problem, big time!

Veterans Affairs Sets Sights on Suicide Prevention

Twenty-two veterans die by suicide every day in the U.S. Any suicide statistic is too great a number, but taking into consideration the total U.S. population (315 million) and the number of veterans (22 million), that percentage is disproportionately high.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 04, 2013

During PTSD Awareness Month, join VA in promoting public awareness and understanding of PTSD. We invite you to "Take the Step" and help the men and women who have experienced PTSD.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – May 29, 2013

Veterans are naturally drawn to communities. We’re closer than brothers and sisters in the military, and we’re more than a family in combat.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – May 24, 2013

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s decision to modernize the Defense Department’s electronic health record through the purchase of commercial software looks like a setback for development of an integrated electronic health record with the Veterans Affairs Department, according to folks I have talked with.

Vietnam Veterans New battle: Getting Disability Compensation

Changing policy has made it easier to receive benefits. But with expanded eligibility and an aging vets population, the VA's backlog grows.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – May 09, 2013

Pilot evaluation of AfterDeployment.org’s workshop for posttraumatic stress. The DoD’s AfterDeployment.org website was developed to increase reach of behavioral health resources, offering education, assessment, and self-help coping tools on many postdeployment-related topics.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – May 06, 2013

Gender differences in PTSD symptoms. The prevalence of PTSD appears to be similar in male and female Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is less clear whether there are differences in the types of symptoms reported. A study by researchers from the National Center for PTSD suggests more similarity than difference.

The Living Breath Project Brings Revolutionary PTSD Treatment to Americas...

Nearly 212,000 veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by the VA, yet the organization believes that this number reflects only half of all PTSD cases in the U.S.

The Warrior Saw, Suicides After War

“These programs could undermine coping mechanisms developed by the troops who already successfully handle stress.”

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – April 23, 2013

Lead public affairs specialist for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office Capt. Ron Freeman turns on the computer monitor in his Heidelberg, Germany home and sits anxiously re-reading his resume one last time before his video conference call begins with a federal agency in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

VA Gangster Prey on Vets

Investigations by the United States Justice Foundation (USJF) into the plight of our military veterans and the assault on their Second and Fifth Amendment rights continues to uncover a disturbing pattern that confirms the VA is violating the Constitutional rights of America’s heroes on a daily basis.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – April 11, 2013

Catharine’s story is a familiar one for anyone with aging parents. Her dad, an Air Force Veteran, and her mother, needed full time care. “It would have been easier if they had a game plan for aging.”

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – April 09, 2013

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which provides VA an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to supporting Veterans who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – April 04, 2013

Disabled veterans can now move through airport security checkpoints without having to remove shoes, light jackets or hats, according to a new policy announced March 27, 2013, by the Transportation Security Administration.

Why do so Many Veterans Kill Themselves?

- Truth and healing: Kathleen Rosenblatt and Allen Roland heal vets' PTSD, push for 9/11 truth

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – April 02, 2013

A new VA program is sending teams of health care providers into the streets to find and help an invisible army of sick, discouraged Veterans who spend their nights under bridges, on park benches, or on the sidewalk.

VA Mental Health Care – Ensuring Timely Access to High-Quality Care

It is now 10 years since the United States went to war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan before that. The cost of these wars has been very high.

Report Details Flaws in Army's Handling of PTSD

An Army report released Friday finds the service still has trouble diagnosing and treating soldiers for post-traumatic stress disorder, despite more than doubling its number of military and civilian behavioral health workers over the past five years.

Report Details Flaws in Army’s Handling of PTSD

An Army report released Friday finds the service still has trouble diagnosing and treating soldiers for post-traumatic stress disorder, despite more than doubling its number of military and civilian behavioral health workers over the past five years.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – March 11, 2013

Need to know what benefits you may qualify for? VA's Benefits Book offers a comprehensive look at pensions, service-connected compensation, home loans, education benefits, and more.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – March 07, 2013

A leading student Veterans group has taken a look into the graduation rate for student Vets.

Veteran Shares Personal Stories to Help Others with Brain Injuries

He is a former Army sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled veteran and someone with a brain injury he is Adam Anicich.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – March 04, 2013

The American Legion‘s annual Washington conference was this week, and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki was on hand to deliver a vital message: Veterans are well-prepared to rebuild the middle class, just as they did after World War II. The key …

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – February 26, 2013

As with a growing number of colleges and universities, the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management is launching what it sees as a unique initiative to recruit and support veterans for its master of business administration (MBA) program, selling itself as military friendly with the marketing slogan 'Change your stripes.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – February 25, 2013

The Ruth Moore Act, a bill "that would make it easier for veterans to receive benefits for disabilities linked to sexual assault in the military.

Veterans Gun Seizure Hoax Debunked…Somewhat (updated)

Stories about "new letters" or a "new law" are total bunk. The law that authorizes gun seizures for those "adjudicated mentally ill" was passed in 1997 but nothing was said about it for over 15 years.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – February 21, 2013

Of the more than 100 feature articles which appeared on our health page in 2012, Veterans and their families found these top 10 to be the most popular, and we hope, the most helpful.