Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in the News

  • Brain injury center to open on Naval Medical Center campus next year, Gazette.net — 06/24/2009

    A Bethesda medical facility for soldiers with critical brain injuries and their families is under construction after being stalled by a funding shortage at the start of the year.

  • Winning the Soldier's Heart, The Washington Times — 06/23/2009

    Wounded warrior Jerrod Fields, an Army sergeant featured in "Where Life Is," screened at the GI Film Fest, panics every time July Fourth fireworks go off, though he's been home from Iraq for four years.

  • A Chance for Clues to Brain Injury in Combat Blasts , The New York Times — 06/22/2009

    No direct impact caused Paul McQuigg’s brain injury in Iraq three years ago. And no wound from the incident visibly explains why Mr. McQuigg, now an office manager at a California Marine base, can get lost in his own neighborhood or arrive at the grocery store having forgotten why he left home.

  • Suicide Prevention Message Rolls Through Cities Nationwide, American Forces Press Service — 06/22/2009

    The Department of Veterans Affairs took to the road, literally, when it decided to advertise about its “VA Suicide Prevention Lifeline” on public transportation buses in 124 communities across the country.

  • Seeking Care is a Sign of Strength: DCoE's Real Warriors Campaign, DoD Live — 06/17/2009

    As warriors, paying attention to physical, spiritual and psychological health are key components to resiliency and life after deployment. Maintaining a strong mind, body and spirit keeps us safe, healthy and able to function in our daily lives.

  • VIDEO from Medialink and the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury: Department of Defense Launches New Anti-Stigma Campaign, PRNewswire — 06/13/2009

    Post-traumatic stress is a common problem among American service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. To combat the stigma that keeps some members of the military, veterans and their families from seeking needed psychological help, the Department of Defense launched the Real Warriors Campaign.

  • Drug Problems Among Iraq, Afghan Vets Could Dwarf Vietnam, TransWorldNews — 06/15/2009

    A recent study found that 43 percent of active-duty military personnel reported binge drinking within the past month, and researchers say that returning veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars are at especially high risk of binge drinking and suffering alcohol-related harm.

  • ADM Mullen on Combat Stress, Pentagon Channel — 06/12/2009

    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen said he feels the country right now is full of goodwill for servicemembers.

  • Liaisons Provide Wounded Warriors Smooth Transitions to VA Care, health.mil — 06/11/2009

    A sign of continuing progress toward improved synergy between Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense (DoD) in providing health care to injured service members from Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom can be found in an innovative program that places VA health care liaisons in military treatment facilities (MTFs).

  • Army Releases May Suicide Data, Department of Defense — 06/11/2009

    In January, the Army implemented an Army-wide effort to combat the rise of suicide in its ranks.  The Army mandated a suicide prevention stand-down that involved all 1.1 million soldiers; established a Suicide Prevention Task Force; has made dozens of improvements to Army policies, procedures and resources; and recruited additional psychological and behavioral health counselors.

  • Awareness key as soldiers return home , theday.com — 06/11/2009

    Of the 1.5 million soldiers deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001, an estimated 5 to 10 percent have mild traumatic brain injury, and up to 60 percent of those also have post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Younger GIs More Likely to Get Help, Military.com — 06/08/2009

    MADAIN, Iraq — Spc. Richard Wahl is married with two kids and a baby due in August. When his wife developed a serious condition a few weeks ago, the young couple weren’t sure what to do. The crisis came down to geography.

  • Making it Easier to Seek Help: Real Warriors, operationhomefrontonline — 06/08/2009

    When Marine Corps Sgt. Josh Hopper first returned home from his second tour in Iraq, he didn’t notice right away that anything was wrong.

  • This Week in the Pentagon, The Pentagon Channel — 05/29/2009

    A Marine opens up and talks candidly about his struggle with PTSD as the Pentagon launches its Real Warriors Campaign.

  • TODAY's Call to Action: Viewer resources, MSNBC — 06/01/2009

    TODAY’s Call to Action series aims to get Americans to step up their support for service members and military families.

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