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VA to Expand Benefits for Traumatic Brain Injury

Some Veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) who are diagnosed with any of five other ailments will have an easier path to receive additional disability pay under new regulations developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Five Strategies for Finding Peace in the Turbulence of Caregiving

As a caregiver for her husband with traumatic brain injury (TBI), Rosemary Rawlins shares insights garnered through her own experiences along with insights from other caregivers and family members in her blog, Learning by Accident, on BrainLine.

VA and DoD to Fund $100 Million PTSD and TBI Study

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense (DoD) are investing more than $100 million in research to improve diagnosis and treatment of mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Obama: Improve Mental Health Access, Care for Military, Vets

President Barack Obama today signed an executive order that provides increased access to mental health services for service members, military families and veterans.

Just Another Story From A Military Family Diagnosed But Never Treated

JUST WANTED TO TAKE TIME TO TELL A STORY ABOUT A VIETNAM VETERAN.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News March 19, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is collecting video testimony from people suffering from traumatic brain injury for an online film festival designed to educate the public about TBI.

“Traumatic Brain Injury and the Great Lie”

I recently was invited by a good friend who lives in the Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts to participate in a panel discussion about PTSD and TBI .

The Stigmas Surrounding PTSD and TBI

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.

Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury

Military personnel with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) should receive early adequate nutrition immediately after the injury, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

Army Plans New Guidelines to Resolve Denials of Purple Hearts to...

Acknowledging that commanders have sometimes wrongly denied the Purple Heart to soldiers who suffered battlefield concussions, the Army plans to issue new guidance to clarify when such recognition is warranted, Army officials said Wednesday.

Father and Son Suffer Post-Iraq War Brain Injuries

Both survived an IED blast, three years apart, and struggle with aftermath MOORPARK, Calif. — The crisply ironed uniforms of the father and son hang...

Veterans Advocate for Improved Care at Boston U.

 - Keeping up the pressure -  By Lisa Chedekel via 91Outcomes (Boston, Mass. – Boston University) -- Some of the wounds of war are invisible to...

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News

From the VA: 1.      Baker: VA Can Benefit From "Open Source Community Based Around VistA." FierceGovernmentIT (10/26, Walker) reports, "Public debate over the electronic road ahead...

GORDON DUFF: AN ARMY TOO NEAR THE EDGE

"THE SUICIDE BLUES ARE BREAKIN' UP THAT OLE GAME O' MINE" By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor They always march off to war, fanfare, flags, speeches,...

Sign the Petition for Operation Recovery – STOP deploying injured troops!

Iraq Veterans Against the War is launching their first strategic campaign to stop the deployment of troops suffering from PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries,...

TEXAS VET: MEDICAL ADVANCES: UNDERSTANDING TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES (TBIs)

MEDICAL ADVANCES: UNDERSTANDING TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES (TBIs) By Texas Vet, First Cavalry  Decades ago, I got blown up—literally outside a tin can sh*t and shower hut...

PBS Report on TBI Injuries and Purple Hearts, Fighting U.S. Army’s...

- The Pentagon's official figures show that 115,000 troops have suffered TBIs. Some studies suggest the true number could be several times higher. ......

Purple Hearts Routinely Denied for Traumatic Brain Injuries

- Traumatic Brain Injuries Don't Merit Purple Heart? - From the VA:  NPR (9/9, Miller, Zwerdling) reports, "Army commanders have routinely denied Purple Hearts to soldiers who...

GORDON DUFF: TWO WARS LOST, AN UNGRATEFUL NATION NOW TURNS...

CONGRESS PLANS "STEALTH ATTACK" ON VETERANS BENEFITS By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor A week ago, we marched out of Iraq, leaving 50,000 "administrative" troops and...

Insider: The DoD and Brass Don’t Know and Don’t Care about...

 -  " was going to be different, and that it was going to be house-to-house and urban combat. And that type of warfare requires...

House Committee Investigates How to Connect Injured Veterans with Innovative Treatment

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, July 21, 2010, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Filner (D-CA) led a roundtable discussion to review innovative treatment...

Nothing Is Too Good for Our Boys, So That’s What We’ll...

- Every time the VA announces some improvement in benefits for veterans, the media caries the other side's view: Give our veterans nothing - By...

If you have PTSD raise your hand … or maybe not

I recently watched Frontline's television documentary called The Wounded Platoon, an investigation that researched the lives of infantrymen after returning home from war in Iraq. The soldiers of Ft. Carson's 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry came home from war with psychiatric disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, known as PTSD. The story was more than troubling — it was heartbreaking.

Study Raises Questions About Military’s Brain Injury Assessment Tool

Senior Defense Department officials have stressed repeatedly in public they are doing everything they can to provide the best care possible to U.S. troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. But that might not be the case for the tens of thousands of troops who have experienced some form of brain injury.

Shinseki and VA Need to Move on VA Benefits, It’s Hamsters...

Veterans fighting to gain the benefits and care earned, deserved, and decades long over due!

Veterans-For-Change Weekly Report

Senators Propose TRICARE Dependent Coverage Extension Act A bill introduced to the U.S. Senate April 14 would, if passed into law, enable the dependent children...

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 2/10/10

Did you know that the Board of Veterans’ Appeals publishes a law journal? The Veterans Law Review, founded by Board Chairman James P. Terry, encourages frank discussion of relevant legislative, administrative, and judicial developments in veterans’ benefits law. The 2nd volume of the Veterans Law Review is slated for national distribution later this month. For more information, including guidelines for submitting an article for the 3rd volume of the Veterans Law Review, visit Law Review.

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...