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Keeping Tabs — 21 September



  • ‘Real Warriors’ battles against PTSD, military suicides: (WTOP-RADIO, DC) — While he was spiraling down, he resisted help from his wife, Sheri. Fortunately, his Army leaders reached out to him and encouraged him to get the help he needed. Now, Hall is spending the rest of his military career making sure others get help through the Real Warriors Campaign. Hall says the goal is to “reduce the stigma of soldiers coming forward when they need psychological help.”



  • Amputations and genital injuries increase sharply in Afghan war, as do multiple amputations: (WASHINGTON POST) — The counterinsurgency tactic that is sending U.S. soldiers out on foot patrols among the Afghan people, rather than riding in armored vehicles, has contributed to a dramatic increase in arm and leg amputations, genital injuries and the loss of multiple limbs following blast injuries.  These devastating injuries affected unit morale. And they gave rise to talk on the battlefield that some troops had made secret pacts not to help each other survive if they were so severely injured, a new report said Tuesday.
  • From Wood to Robotic Limbs: (VANTAGEPOING-VA) — [Video Only] – Now, as servicemembers return from Iraq and Afghanistan with life-altering injures, VA supports and develops highly advanced devices. The PowerFoot, a robotic limb, takes stress off the rest of the body making it more comfortable for the amputee to walk. It also replaces the function of lost muscles and can even generate power. Veterans now have the ability to walk faster, run, and participate in activities once considered out of reach.


  • Veterans fill ranks of Minnesota’s unemployed: (STAR-TRIBUNE, MINNEAPOLIS) — There are an estimated 23,000 post-Sept. 11 veterans in Minnesota, with 5,000 of those unemployed in 2010, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee. Veterans of all ages in Minnesota had a jobless rate of 9.4 percent, compared with 8.7 percent for veterans in the United States.  Minnesota officials are at a loss to explain the disparity for recent vets.

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