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Young war veteran shot, killed by police

WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL By WMCActionNews5.com Staff - email GERMANTOWN, TN - (WMC) - A young war veteran was shot and killed by Germantown police officers Tuesday night just before 10 p.m. Justin Neil Davis' … [Read more]

Brain injury tied to dementia among military vets, reports study

By Joseph Mayton, Tech Times | June 26 2014 New evidence suggests that traumatic brain injuries sustained during combat or other situations are contributors to dementia among veterans later in life. The study, published in the journal Neurology, … [Read more]

Study: High suicide rates for soldiers in, out of war

A massive Army study focusing on records from nearly a million soldiers provides a more detailed analysis of the suicides trend plaguing the service. Written by Gregg Zoroya Suicide rates soared among soldiers who went to war in Iraq and … [Read more]

Hearings on the Veterans Administration Mental Health Care July 10 2014.

JULY 10, 2014 The House Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing on improving access to mental health care services for former soldiers, and the level of care veterans receive for problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder and brain … [Read more]

VA health care failed suicidal vets, families testify

By Patricia Kime In March 2011, former Marine Clay Hunt faced a life full of promise. Having survived a gunshot wound and combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he traveled to Haiti to do humanitarian work, had a new job and was shopping for a … [Read more]

Eighteen holes to help heal soldiers’ Hidden Wounds

How can a round of golf help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder? Start with a group of committed law students who are driven to serve those who have served our country. For the third straight year, two University of South Carolina School … [Read more]

Medal of Honor recipient offers advice to troops about PTSD and surviving war

By Jon Harper Stars and Stripes Published: April 23, 2014 WASHINGTON — Former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White, who will be awarded the Medal of Honor next month, said troops suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder shouldn’t suffer in … [Read more]

How Congress Plans to Prevent Military Suicides

By Jordain Carney May 7, 2014   Lawmakers hope to use an annual defense bill as a vehicle for mental-health screenings. Jacob Sexton, a 21-year-old member of the National Guard, fatally shot himself inside an Indiana movie theater during a … [Read more]

U.S. special forces struggle with record suicides

BY WARREN STROBEL (Reuters) - Suicides among U.S. special operations forces, including elite Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, are at record levels, a U.S. military official said on Thursday, citing the effects of more than a decade of "hard … [Read more]

Do You Turn to Alcohol for PTS Relief? You’re Not Alone, and Help is Available

By Liz Grow, MA, LPC It’s no secret that many adults use a drink to unwind after a long workday. For many, a glass of wine or a beer is a ritual that signals a transition out of the stress in the workplace and into to a more casual and comfortable … [Read more]

Marine’s inner struggle is the fight of his life

By Thomas Brennan The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C. Published: April 8, 2014 It was a sensation that Marine Staff Sgt. Javier Jimenez could physically feel: the weight of life was literally crushing him. “You start running out of air, … [Read more]

Suffering in Silence: Psychological Disorders and Soldiers in the American Civil War

By SARAH A. M. FORD Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Did soldiers of the American Civil War suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological disorders? It has only been several decades since mental illness attributed to war … [Read more]

Marine battled back, yet fell to suicide

    By Gretel C. Kovach MARCH 28, 2014 *GRAPHIC LANGUAGE He rarely spoke of it. Not to his family or best buddies, fellow Marines or medical staff watching over him. But Cpl. Farrell Gilliam had endured far more by the time he … [Read more]

Attorney, family wish troubled veteran had received help sooner

BY JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writer jkotowski@bakersfield.com Steven Cordova rose to the rank of lieutenant in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and served in the U.S. Navy and later with the U.S. Army Reserve … [Read more]

Iraq war vet introduces military suicide bill

By Ashley Fantz, CNN The first Iraq war combat veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate introduced legislation on Thursday aimed at reducing the number of military veterans who commit suicide. No matter the cost of the measures urged in the sweeping … [Read more]

Ending it all by their own hand: Corps probes Marine suicides

By: Brett Kelman and Drew Schmenner The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun As the sun rose over the sleepy desert town of Yucca Valley, Sgt. Martin Francis Scahill stood in his backyard, a black 12-gauge shotgun pressed against his chin, a single … [Read more]

How to know the signs of TBI

Army.mil WIESBADEN, Germany -- Blurry vision, dizziness, mood swings, sleep problems and memory problems: these are all symptoms of traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, and can last from a few days to a lifetime, depending on the treatment and … [Read more]

Vet Launches Suicide Prevention Campaign: ‘I Am A Suicide Survivor … And I Am Not Embarrassed By It’

Out on a mission one day in northern Iraq in 2009, a convoy of gun trucks grinds through rising dust. In the turret of the lead truck, Spc. Andrew O'Brien, 21, crouches behind his .50-caliber machine gun. His job: to watch for IEDs, improvised … [Read more]

$250K awarded to help Alabama Veterans suffering from PTSD

David Lynch Foundation Announces $250,000 Grant to Teach Transcendental Meditation to Alabama Vets with PTSD. Birmingham, Alabama, The David Lynch Foundation (DLF) has announced a $250,000 grant to provide Alabama veterans suffering from … [Read more]

The Marlboro Marine: 2004 and Today

Two lives blurred together by a photo. By Luis Sinco, Times Staff Photographer Times photographer Luis Sinco made James Blake Miller an emblem of the war. The image would change both of their lives and connect them in ways neither … [Read more]

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