Army Strives to Reduce Suicide, Mental-health Issues, Defense Link — 08/09/2010
The Army is striving to reduce soldier suicides and mental-health problems by giving troops more dwell time between deployments, identifying tell-tale symptoms more quickly and eliminating the stigma of seeking help, the Army vice chief of staff said today.
VA amends regulations applying for PTSD coverage, Redwood Times — 08/06/2010
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations regarding establishing a connection between military service and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Colo. climbers, disabled vets headed to Himalayas, Daily Camera — 08/06/2010Soldiers With Brain Injuries at Higher Risk of Epilepsy Decades Later, Study Finds, Science Daily — 08/05/2010
Soldiers who receive traumatic brain injuries during war may be at a higher risk of epilepsy even decades after the brain injury occurred.DHHS sponsoring training session for employers hiring war veterans, Journalstar.com — 08/05/2010
Employers, who sometimes see a veteran as much or even more than the family does, need to be aware of signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder. They also need to know about resources, services and information available to employers of veterans who may have been affected by brain injury or PTSD.‘Real Warrior’ Loses Leg, Gains New Perspective, Defense Link — 08/04/2010
Pulido’s leg was broken in three places and partially on fire, but he felt no pain. He wasn’t concerned for himself, he said, but for his fellow soldiers and his family. “How will my family live without a father?” he asked himself.Mullen: Family Support Vital to War Effort, Defense.gov — 08/04/2010
Military readiness is directly tied to family readiness, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told National Guard family program volunteers here yesterday.‘Mindfulness’ Helps Soldiers Cope in Iraq, Defense.gov — 08/04/2010
U.S. Division Center officials here are offering soldiers an ancient alternative to traditional methods of coping with deployment stress. “Mindfulness” is an option soldiers can use to deal with deployment stress.Suicide Solution Involves Leadership, Mullen Says, Defense.gov — 08/03/2010
While no easy answers exist to a military suicide problem that has reached "crisis level," a big part of the solution is tied to leadership, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Veteran Care, Defense.gov — 08/03/2010
Caring for veterans is a moral obligation, President Barack Obama said today in a speech at the Disabled American Veterans National Convention in Atlanta.Troops With Traumatic Brain Injury Face Long Road to Recovery, ABC News — 08/02/2010
This is not the stuff of Hollywood movies, where a stricken soldier suddenly sits upright in bed and begins chatting with his family. For Remsburg and dozens like him, the emergence into consciousness takes place over painful, frustrating weeks and months.Taking Calls From Veterans on the Brink, The New York Times — 08/02/2010
Melanie Poorman swiveled in her chair and punched a button on the phone. The caller, an Iraq war veteran in his 30s, had recently broken up with his girlfriend and was watching a movie, "Body of War" that was triggering bad memories. He started to cry.America Ferrera discusses her film, The Dry Land., The View — 07/30/2010
America Ferrera discusses her film, The Dry Land. The Real Warriors Web site is mentioned as a resource.Army Releases Suicide Report, Prevention Recommendations, Defense.gov — 07/30/2010
An Army task force created to reduce the increasing rate of soldier suicides released more than 250 recommendations, including establishing health promotion councils at each installation, expanding behavioral health screenings, and recruiting additional behavioral health counselors.Soldiers' Suicide Rate Tied to Access to Problems at Home, The Wall Street Journal — 07/30/2010
A sharp increase in U.S. Army suicides is likely due to an increase in a range of stresses on soldiers both at home and in war zones, a top Army officer said Thursday.VA is stepping up its services for female veterans, Washington Post — 07/29/2010
About 1.8 million women have served in the U.S. military, and with 245,000 female soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, it's estimated that within a decade, women will make up 16 percent of all veterans.Army suicide study to survey 400,000, Stars and Stripes — 07/29/2010
Starting this summer, researchers plan to survey up to 400,000 soldiers as part of the largest study to date of suicide and mental health among military personnel.Pastor and combat vet offers help with stress disorder, Suburban Journals — 07/27/2010
The number of American troops who will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder from service in Iraq and Afghanistan will be as great, if not greater, than from Vietnam, says the Rev. John Attaway, a Vietnam combat veteran and pastor.Emotional support for soldiers, families coping with effects of service, Casa Grande Dispatch — 07/27/2010
Staff Sgt. Patrick Ziegert was only 75 feet from his buddies when they were killed by an explosion during his tour of duty in Iraq. Then, he says, he came home to find that his wife had been unfaithful and had depleted their checking account. Six months later, she left Ziegert for his best friend.Aggressive treatment of pain prevents future complications, Army.mil — 07/26/2010
"Aggressive management of pain almost from the moment of the injury through regional anesthesia, for example ... results in pain relief for the combatant, but also, we believe, few complications for recovery.