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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]

10 Actions for Responding to a Veteran in Crisis

For more than a decade now, our country has been at war in two very different locations, with very different missions. In that time, more than 2.2 million troops have deployed and served in those bloody conflicts. They have endured unimaginable heat, … [Read more]

Bush hosts summit on helping veterans transition

DALLAS (AP) — Efforts must be made to end the stigma attached to post-traumatic stress disorder, which can hinder military veterans' transition into civilian life and employment, former President George W. Bush said Wednesday. Addressing a summit … [Read more]

Suicides in the Army declined sharply in 2013

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Suicides in the Army fell by 19 percent in 2013, dramatically reversing a rising trend plaguing the Army for almost 10 years. There were 150 suicides among soldiers on active-duty status last year, down from a record 185 in … [Read more]

Report: Suicide rate spikes among young veterans

WASHINGTON -- The number of young veterans committing suicide jumped dramatically from 2009 to 2011, a worrying trend that Veterans Affairs officials hope can be reversed with more treatment and intervention. New suicide data released by the … [Read more]

Message from Secretary Hagel on Suicide Prevention Month

The Department of Defense has no more important responsibility than supporting and protecting those who defend our country and that means we must do everything possible to prevent military suicide. As we observe Suicide Prevention Month, the entire … [Read more]

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