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Keeping Tabs — 24 August

COMBAT, OPERATIONAL & POST DEPLOYMENT STRESS/PTSD/TBI Navy Medicine’s Combat & Operational Stress Center Enters 4th Year: (DOD LIVE) — Building, preserving and—as necessary—restoring the psychological health of our Sailors and Marines are some of the greatest challenges the Navy faces in the wake of more than a decade of war, multiple deployments and increasingly stressful workloads. http://www.dodlive.mil/index.php/2011/08/navy-medicines-combat-and-operational-stress-center-entering-fourth-year/ War’s aftermath: S.A. author’s new book examines PTSD : (KENS-TV, SAN ANTONIO) — San Antonio psychiatrist Dr. Harry Croft has written a book to help people suffering with PTSD. He said it’s a common and widely-misunderstood problem that can be isolating and crippling. http://www.kens5.com/news/San-Antonio-psychiatrist-128262673.html NATIONAL GUARD/RESERVES How Providers Can Improve Care for Reserve Component Members: (DCEO) — Have you ever tried to communicate with a person who speaks a different language? No matter how clearly, or slowly, you speak, … Read entire article »

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Keeping Tabs — 23 August

COMBAT, OPERATIONAL & POST-DEPLOYMENT STRESS/PTSD/TBI Doctors Imaging Brain to Diagnose Vets: (WRC-TV, DC) — [Video Only] — As the 2.5 million Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans return home, experts are finding that thousands are facing combat-related health problems that can be hard to diagnose. Conditions like post-traumatic stress, depression and traumatic brain injuries. But now doctors are actually looking at the brain itself to figure out how to make a more accurate diagnosis.http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health/Doctors_Imaging_Brain_To_Diagnose_Vets_Washington_DC-128208043.html New Tool a More Accurate Predictor of PTSD: (MEDSCAPE) — The simple, 10-item prediction tool includes core PTSD symptoms plus depression symptoms, access to care status, sleep disturbance, and trauma history. It is highly successful in predicting PTSD after traumatic exposures in different clinical populations, including war veterans, injured people, and those experiencing domestic violence, Dr. Boscarino told Medscape … Read entire article »

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Keeping Tabs — 22 August

COMBAT, OPERATIONAL & POST-DEPLOYMENT STRESS/PTS/TBI War’s trauma at home: (STAR-TELEGRAM, WORCHESTER, MA) — When one of his police officers returned from two tours of duty in Iraq, Rowley Police Chief Robert R. Barker could tell he just wasn’t the same. http://www.telegram.com/article/20110821/NEWS/108219950/-1/NEWS06 10 years after 9/11, Bordentown couple copes with the grief of losing their son: (PHILADEPLPHIA INQUIRER) — Of the more than 6,200 U.S. military personnel who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, 90 have come from the eight-county Philadelphia region — 58 from Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania suburbs, 32 from South Jersey. The region’s lost have ranged in age from 19 to 48, in rank from private first class to lieutenant colonel. All have been men — 62 in the Army, 22 in the Marine Corps, 4 in the Navy, and 2 … Read entire article »

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Keeping Tabs

COMBAT, OPERATIONAL & POST-DEPLOYMENT STRESS/PTS/TBI Army vet with PTSD sought the treatment he needed by taking hostages – but got jail instead: (STARS & STRIPES) —  Quinones’ story is one of an ordinary soldier who went off to war, came home broken, and then went over the edge after the government didn’t do enough to fix him. Even the three soldiers held at the point of Quinones’ guns today express more empathy than animosity for their captor.  To them, what Quinones did that day was the ultimate cry for help.  http://www.stripes.com/army-vet-with-ptsd-sought-the-treatment-he-needed-by-taking-hostages-but-got-jail-instead-1.152525 After trauma, teaching hope: (CNN) — The resulting initiative, Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, is a $145 million program made up of psychological fitness testing designed to measure emotional, familial, social and spiritual fitness and strengths; courses on post-traumatic growth; and a critical 10-day … Read entire article »

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Drugging Our Military and Veterans

***FYI: This story is from Citizens Commission on Human Rights Texas. The CCHR network was co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus Dr. Thomas Szasz at a time when patients were being warehoused in institutions and stripped of all constitutional, civil and human rights. Drugs and Suicides in the Armed Forces In 2006, The Philadelphia Enquirer reported that soldiers and veterans groups had found drug use was an increasing problem in Iraq, especially because medics were generously handing out prescription medications that were being abused.[1] Bruce E. Levine, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and author of Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic, said that in February 2009, “Americans heard about a dramatic rise in suicides among U.S. soldiers.” Army statistics, which include the Army Reserve and the National Guard, confirmed 128 suicides (with 15 more … Read entire article »

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Seems To Be Confusion Over DefenseTracker.com RSS Subscription

FYI: To subscribe to my RSS to be notified every time I file something, click on the ORAGNE symbol just to the left of the BLUE Twitter icon at the very top right of the homepage.  Or click on the smaller ORANGE symbol above “Military Talk Radio.” Thank you for reading, Rick … Read entire article »

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White House to Lift Ban on Military Suicide Condolences

The Obama administration has reversed a White House policy of not sending condolence letters to the next-of-kin of service members who commit suicide, a senior administration official confirmed in a statement to CNN. The move comes nearly six weeks after a group of senators — 10 Democrats and one Republican — asked President Barack Obama to change what they called an “insensitive” policy that dates back several administrations and has been the subject of protest by some military families. Read more here. … Read entire article »

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This Might Bring a Smile or a Tear

* Can’t vouch for the authenticity of this, but judging by the emails flying back and forth between San Diego and Minneapolis, it just might be legit. At any rate, it’s something to think about. I received this from a retired Marine Colonel buddy back in North Carolina this morning. He had received it from a friend of his in Minnesota: So, today was tiring.  I left the farm at nine for the Minneapolis VA, just shy of 220 miles south of here.  I walked into the clinic at exactly one, the prescribed sign-in time for my 1:15 appointment.  Of course, it is also 220 miles from the VA back  to the farm.  I got back just as President Obama began his Afghanistan speech. Almost eight hours on the road.I get … Read entire article »

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GAO: VA HEALTH CARE Actions Needed to Prevent Sexual Assaults and Other Safety Incidents

Read the GAO report here. Sexual assault incidents within the Veterans Affairs system are not being reported up the chain, a new government audit has found. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, reported that of nearly 300 sexual assault incidents reported to VA Police from January 2007 through July 2010, “many” were not reported to VA leadership officials and the VA Inspector General’s Office. The GAO report uses the term sexual assault incident to refer to “suspected, alleged, attempted, or confirmed cases of sexual assault.” The 284 cases of sexual assault included rape, inappropriate touching, forceful medical examinations, forced or inappropriate oral sex, and other types of sexual assault incidents. “When I first read this report, I was aghast,” said Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. … Read entire article »

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The Lion of Fallujah Remembered on Memorial Day

Not many weeks go by without the memory of Doug Zembiec passing through my mind like a sparrow flying through a banquet hall. I still have a taped interview that I can’t bring myself to erase and I still have his cell number that I want to call. Unlike too many, I’ve known very few soldiers, sailors, airman or Marines who have died fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan. Hardly any. So, Doug Zembiec crystalizes all of them or me. Below is rewrite of a 27 May 2007 story I did on Doug right after I learned he’d been killed. On this holiday weekend let’s remember. By Rick Rogers DefenseTracker.com The e-mail contained one line: “It is with regrets that I pass on the sad news that Major Zembiec was KIA in Iraq.” It arrived May 11,2007 … Read entire article »

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