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Keeping Tabs — 23 September

COMBAT, OPERATIONAL & POST-DEPLOYMENT STRESS/PTSD/TBI

  • Kids Learn to Cope With Separations: (ARMY NEWS) — Many of the Army’s tiniest warriors have never known a time without deployments. Multiple separations cause them to grow up a little faster than some of their peers. They have to do their part to complete household duties and help care for other siblings, all while keeping a brave face for their remaining parent at home. http://www.drum.army.mil/mountaineer/Article.aspx?ID=5721
  • Service dogs help warriors coping with PTSD: (NEWS-EXPRESS, SAN ANTONIO) — “That dog saved my life,” he says through tears. Pastusic, who served in Iraq as an electronic and counter-IED specialist, is dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, and Cocoa is there to help him. Cocoa was the first dog to be certified through Train a Dog — Save a Warrior, which teaches dogs to help warriors who cope with symptoms of PTSD, including anxiety, depression and isolation. http://www.mysanantonio.com/life/pets/article/Service-dogs-help-warriors-coping-with-PTSD-2184571.php

SUICIDE

  • A Third Of Troop Suicides Told Someone Of Plans: (CBS NEWS) — Nearly half went to see medical personnel, behavioral health specialists, chaplains or other service providers sometime in the 90 days before they died, according to the 2010 Department of Defense Suicide Event Report.  That doesn’t necessarily reflect a failure in the Defense Department suicide prevention program, said Richard McKeon, chief of the Suicide Prevention Branch at the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/22/ap/business/main20110294.shtml

WOUNDED WARRIOR CARE/TREATMENT

  • Army Study Highlights Fears and Stress of I.E.D.’s and Amputation: (NY TIMES) — Are some service members on the front lines so concerned about the trauma of losing limbs from improvised explosives devices that they are asking “battle buddies” in their units to not give them proper emergency care if they are gravely wounded in combat?  That possibility is raised in a new report from a task force appointed by the Army surgeon general to study the complex injuries to ground forces from mines or I.E.D.’s. http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/22/army-study-highlights-fears-and-stress-of-i-e-d-s-and-amputation/

WOUNDED WARRIOR & FAMILY SUPPORT

  • Connecting a new generation of military widows: (CNN) – [NOTE: Taryn Davis is one this year's top 10 CNN Heroes.] — Davis traveled the country interviewing other military widows, compiling six testimonials in her documentary, “The American Widow Project.” And four months after her husband’s death, she started a nonprofit by the same name. To date, the group has connected nearly 800 military widows through its website, which includes an online forum offering support and inspiration.http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/05/26/cnnheroes.davis.military.widows/index.html
  • Reality Show ‘Joins Forces’ With First Lady to Aid Veteran: (DOD NEWS) — A TV reality show recently joined forces with first lady Michelle Obama and hundreds of military and civilian volunteers here to transform the life of a Navy veteran. This weekend, the season premiere of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature a home makeover for 15-year veteran Barbara Marshall, who has devoted her life to eradicating homelessness among fellow female veterans.  http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=65430

WOUNDED WARRIOR RECOVERY

  • Triathlete overcomes Army accident: (DESERET NEWS, SALT LAKE CITY) — Life in the Army National Guard took Craig Vogtsberger away from the sport he loved. Nearly losing his life in an accident helped him find his way back to triathlons, where he has become a living example to other injured veterans about what’s possible for them. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700181610/Triathlete-overcomes-Army-accident.html

“SEA OF GOOD WILL”

  • Helping Veterans Transition to Careers in Nursing: (VANTAGE BLOG, DEPT OF VA) — However, Veterans have found that their training in medic and certain other health care roles do not fully meet the standards of academic training for nursing programs.  As a result, Veterans have encountered difficulty gaining academic credit for their health care training while enlisted.  To bridge this gap, the Obama Administration plans to take several steps.  An award will be made to the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS), which will allow the nursing school to work with key military leadership and training staff at the Medical Education and Training Command in San Antonio, Texas to identify strategies to align enlisted health care training and nursing academic credit.http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/4668/helping-veterans-transition-to-careers-in-nursing/
  • Army targets Soldier transitions, unemployment rate: (ARMY NEWS) — A year ago, with the drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan, Army senior leaders began to revamp the Army’s transition process so personnel — active and Reserve Components, spouses and retirees — could become productive citizens for the nation and lifelong recruiters to help sustain an all-volunteer force. http://www.army.mil/article/65861/Army_targets_Soldier_transitions__unemployment_rate/

VETERAN EMPLOYMENT

  • Soldiers struggle for jobs after service: (CUMBERLAND TIMES, MD) — Greg Pedrick of Catonsville figured his two tours in Iraq would qualify him for jobs in government law enforcement. He has a degree in political science and earned a Purple Heart as a Marine vehicle commander and team leader guarding convoys from insurgents south of Baghdad. So, he applied to Customs and Border Protection, to the Veterans Health Administration, to the Secret Service. All said no, or said nothing.  http://times-news.com/local/x1117974261/Soldiers-struggle-for-jobs-after-service

HOMELESS VETERANS

  • Women are the fastest growing group of homeless veterans: (WCSC-TV, CHAS’N, SC) — Of the American women veterans surveyed by the Veterans Health Administration, one in five said they have endured military sexual trauma.  It is only part of the battle many women face when returning home from the war zone. “There’s the caregiver issues with the mom and certainly wanting to take care of everyone else except for themself,”  http://www.live5news.com/story/15529431/women-are-the-fastest-growing-group-of-homeless-veterans

OPINION/COMMENTARY

  • Dispatches From the Third Front: Part II–the Refuge: (TIME) — Nearly every military installation, from our many stateside posts to larger bases in combat zones, have some form of a Morale, Welfare and Recreation center, what the troops call MWR. At Brooke Army Medical Center, the place of refuge is more than just a recreation center; it’s a central part of their healing and journey home. Our trip through the third front of our current wars–the fight to heal the most seriously wounded troops–began at the Warrior and Family Support Center, an official-sounding name that is, perhaps, literally accurate, but belies its importance for the people here. http://battleland.blogs.time.com/2011/09/23/dispatches-from-the-third-front-part-ii%E2%80%93the-refuge/
  • Perils Of The PTSD Defense: (LA TIMES) — Like other defendants, veterans deserve to have mitigating factors taken into account by the criminal justice system. But there is the danger that post-traumatic stress disorder will become a talisman for leniency where none is justified — and a synonym for criminal tendencies. That would be unfair to other defendants and demeaning to the military. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-ed-ptsd-20110923,0,4521780.story?track=rss

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