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Keeping Tabs — 20 September

COMBAT, OPERATIONAL & COMBAT STRESS/PTSD/TBI

  • Winning the war on post-traumatic stress disorder: (NAT’L POST, CANADA) — The turnaround that followed is not attributable to any single reform initiative. Rather, it reflects an ongoing effort at all levels of the military to improve the Forces’ ability to manage its soldiers’ mental health. Part of this effort involved a normalization of the sort of operational stress injuries that happen to tough people in stressful situations. http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/09/19/shaun-francis-winning-the-war-on-post-traumatic-stress-disorder/

SUICIDE

  • Fort Hood: Suicide’s Silent Victims Speak Out: (KWTX-TV, WACO) — They are Soldiers, civilians, spouses. They come from all areas of the hospital, some even work in the behavioral health field. No profession or rank is exempt from the dark reaches of suicide. All agreed to tell their stories in hopes their experiences can help other “silent victims,” those impacted by the trauma of suicide, and help themselves heal a bit in the process.  http://www.kwtx.com/news/headlines/Fort_Hood__Suicides_Silent_Victims_Speak_Out___130135633.html?ref=633

NATIONAL GUARD/RESERVES

  • Program aids wounded reserve Marines: (USMC NEWS) — The majority of the Wounded Warrior Regiment’s staff consists of reserve Marines which allows a heightened awareness with regard to reserve-specific issues. The RMED section is engaged in the case management of all reserve Marines from beginning to end.  http://www.dvidshub.net/news/77261/program-aids-wounded-reserve-marines

WOUNDED WARRIOR CARE & TREATMENT

  • Injuries Cost More Troops Their Limbs: (USA TODAY) — “Nobody has ever seen this degree of injury before,” says Lt. Col. John Oh, the director of trauma care at the Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, which provided the data and treats nearly all casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Through July, 134 servicemembers lost limbs in combat this year, 78% of all 171 amputations in 2010. In addition, there have been 79 cases of multiple amputations this year, more than any previous year.http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/story/2011-09-19/troops-injuries-war-casualties-amputations-lost-limbs/50472074/1
  • Burn Pits’ Role In Troops’ Array Of Illnesses Fans Concerns At VA: (TRIBUNE REVIEW, PGH) — “It took 20 years for the military to admit that some of the warfare was dangerous to our soldiers and they were going to have long consequences years later,” Bugay said, citing Vietnam War veterans sickened by the defoliant Agent Orange. “I’m afraid that’s what’s going to happen to our Iraqi veterans and Afghanistan. It’ll take them forever to figure out that these (burn pits) are contributing factors to these illnesses.” http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_757512.html

WOUNDED WARRIOR RECOVERY

HOMELESS VETERANS

  • Hundreds of Needy Vets Served at Orange County’s First ‘Stand Down’: (VOICE OF ORANGE CO, CA) — Despite Orange County’s civic and political reputation as a strong supporter of the military, an estimated 1,500 to 5,000 veterans are homeless in the county, according to Stand Down organizers.  And though Orange County has a population of more than 3 million — more people than 20 states — it does not have a full-service Veterans Administration hospital.  The three small VA clinics in the county provide only limited care, primarily drug and alcohol abuse counseling and assistance for those with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to officials at Stand Down.  http://voiceofoc.org/countywide/county_government/article_ef212402-e2c2-11e0-9c08-001cc4c03286.html

VA

  • VA offers homecoming to tell Afghanistan, Iraq war veterans about benefits: (FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER, NC) — Saturday, on the medical center’s Ramsey Street campus, the VA sponsored a welcome home event aimed at Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. More than 40 organizations set up tables on the front lawn to explain services and benefits for veterans, from pharmacy services, to education, to mental health counseling.  http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2011/09/18/1123656?sac=Home

OPINION/COMMENTARY

  • Michelle Obama’s Veterans’ Initiative: Meat or Just Sizzle?: (TIME) — “It is real. It has impact and effect,” said Bradley Cooper, Joining Forces’ executive director. He said the first lady is aiming for advances in employment, education, and wellness among veterans and their families. “Joining Forces is energizing and rallying every sector of society so that veterans and military families get the support that they deserve and earned,” he repeated loyally.  But it is hard to measure Joining Forces’ precise contributions. “What are the metrics for measuring the success of this initiative among veterans?” asked Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. “The suicide rate? Unemployment? The divorce rate?” http://battleland.blogs.time.com/2011/09/19/michelle-obamas-veterans-initiative-meat-or-just-sizzle/
  • PTSD Overload: (TIME) — Pity the poor grunt who comes back from war with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He goes online to learn how to cope and is overwhelmed. There’s the Real Warriors website, the My Army OneSource, and the Defense Centers of Excellence (as opposed to the military’s other centers of mediocrity) for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury. And that’s just the beginning of the tidal wave of information enveloping him and his family. That’s why a Senate panel has ordered the Pentagon to stop creating such websites…http://battleland.blogs.time.com/2011/09/20/ptsd-overload/

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