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Keeping Tabs — 19 September

COMBAT, OPERATIONAL & POST-DEPLOYMENT STRESS/PTS/TBI Study looks at psychological effects suffered by combat medics: (STARS & STRIPES) — Now, preliminary results from a study involving 800 medics — the first of its kind — suggest that medics suffer from higher rates of depression than other soldiers.http://www.stripes.com/news/study-looks-at-psychological-effects-suffered-by-combat-medics-1.155272 Cleveland Clinic using blood samples from Baldwin-Wallace football players for concussion study: (PLAIN DEALER, CLEVELAND) — If the $250,000 government-sponsored study led by the Clinic confirms the protein’s predictive value, it could pave the way for a simple blood test — rather than an expensive emergency room visit — to help determine if an athlete needs medical care after a head whack.  A brain-injury blood test could be valuable on the battlefield, too, where soldiers often suffer head blows when roadside bombs explode. http://www.cleveland.com/medical/index.ssf/2011/09/cleveland_clinic_using_blood_s.html WOUNDED WARRIOR CARE/TREATMENT Cutting-edge … Read entire article »

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Keeping Tabs — 16 September

WOUNDED WARRIOR CARE/TREATMENT Wait for PTSD, TBI treatment shows system ‘overwhelmed’: (AIR FORCE TIMES) — Of 102 active-duty respondents who said they had been diagnosed with PTSD or another mental health issue and sought treatment, 24 percent said it had taken more than a year to receive help — up 12 percentage points from last year. Meanwhile, the number of people who said they received treatment in less than a month dropped to 34 percent, a slide of 14 percentage points from 2010.  http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2011/09/military-times-poll-wait-for-ptsd-tbi-treatment-091411w/ Actor and Iraq Veteran, Both Double Amputees, Lobby for Increased Biomedical Research Support: (ABC NEWS) — Just as wounded soldiers are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan with amputations, brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, a new survey finds flagging public support for biomedical research needed to help them … Read entire article »

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Keeping Tabs — 15 September

COMBAT, OPERATIONAL & POST-DEPLOYMENT STRESS/PTSD/TBI Sergeant major of the Army visits Fort Bragg, talks of own struggle with PTSD: (FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER, NC) — The Army’s top noncommissioned officer on Tuesday told Fort Bragg soldiers he suffered from post-combat stress, sought help and benefited.http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2011/09/14/1122575?sac=Home Almost One Third of Iraq/Afghanistan Women Veterans with PTSD Report Military Sexual Trauma, Researchers Find: (UNIV OF CA, SFRO) — Thirty-one percent of women veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder reported military sexual trauma (MST), in contrast to one percent of men with PTSD, according to a study led by Shira Maguen, PhD, a psychologist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2011/09/10616/almost-one-third-iraq-afghanistan-women-veterans-ptsd-report-military-sexual SUICIDE Suicide Survival: (DOD LIVE) — [Video Only] — Master Sergeant Kevin Carter shares his story of surviving suicide.  A couple of years … Read entire article »

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World War II: Women at War In Photos

For the nations who were deeply involved in World War II, the war effort was total, with women volunteering in huge numbers alongside men and filling traditionally male positions at home, in industry, and the military. Women took both active and supporting positions in factories, government organizations, military auxiliaries, resistance groups and more. While relatively few women were at the front lines as combatants, many found themselves the victims of bombing campaigns and invading armies. By the end of the war, more than 2 million women worked in war industries, hundreds of thousands volunteered as nurses or members of home defense units, or became full-time members of the military. In the Soviet Union alone, some 800,000 women served alongside men in army units during the war. Collected here are images … Read entire article »

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Keeping Tabs — 8 September

COMBAT, OPERATIONAL & POST-DEPLOYMENT STRESS/PTSD/TBI PTSD cases grow as combat continues for Fort Drum soldiers: (DAILY NEWS, WATERTOWN, NY) — A decade ago, Fort Drum had two providers and now it has seven, according to Dr. Todd L. Benham, the post’s behavioral health chief. But current wait times are about a month, he said, as visits to behavioral health specialists grew from 14,000 in 2001 to 75,000 in 2010. The numbers increased not only from PTSD visits, but from more outreach and an addition of a clinic for traumatic brain injuries, which have grown because of IED attacks.  http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20110908/NEWS03/709089871 Military Tries To Ease Stress Of Deployments: ( ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS, AK) — But experts advised it should be watching for all forms of risky or destructive behavior, he said. The Army now … Read entire article »

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Keeping Tabs — 7 September

COMBAT, OPERATIONAL & POST-DEPLOYMENT STRESS/PTSD/TBI Military Moms: How Wars Affect Families: (TELL ME MORE-NPR) — Nearly half of the women who’ve been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have been mothers. This week’s parenting conversation explores issues of preparing kids for parents’ deployments, how kids adjust to these changes, and how military mothers face different challenges than military fathers. http://www.npr.org/2011/09/06/140214598/military-moms-how-wars-affect-families The Silent Battle For Women In Military: Sexual Assault: (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER) — A 2010 study commissioned by the Department of Defense found that 4 percent of military women on active duty had been sexually abused or assaulted while on the job. But about 70 percent and 80 percent of victims do not report their attacks. The Department of Veterans Affairs has found that one in five female veterans seeking health care say they have … Read entire article »

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Keeping Tabs — 6 September

COMBAT, OPERATIONAL & POST-DEPLOYMENT STRESS/PTSD/TBI Rampage figure returned from Iraq disturbed: (PHILDELPHIA INQUIRER) — Leonard Egland came home from Iraq in 2009 a changed man, his slain wife’s attorney says.  And not for the better. http://articles.philly.com/2011-09-04/news/30112877_1_bucks-county-man-buckingham-township-doylestown Petition targets mental stigma in military: (THE OLYMPIAN, WA) — A Washington state social worker is circulating a petition urging federal lawmakers and the military to adopt a policy declaring that service members shouldn’t be punished if they seek help for behavioral health issues, such as post-traumatic stress. http://www.theolympian.com/2011/09/05/1786729/petition-targets-mental-stigma.html Genes may influence PTSD, study says: (BOSTON GLOBE) — The researchers found that symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder were more common in Northern Illinois University students who had certain variations in a gene that regulates levels of serotonin, a brain chemical linked with mood that is the target of … Read entire article »

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Keeping Tabs — 26 August

SUICIDE Military suicides linked to low Omega-3 levels: (LA TIMES) — The study, published this week in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, looked back at the medical records of 800 U.S. servicemen and women who took their own lives between 2002 and 2008, and compared them with the records of 800 service personnel — matched for age, gender and rank — who had no history of suicide attempts.  http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-suicide-military-omega3-20110824,0,2247762.story WOUNDED WARRIOR CARE/TREATMENT Cool-headed medic thrown into trial by fire: (STARS & STRIPS) — Though Cpl. Amanda Mosher was new to flying, she was no rookie at medicine, having served a previous tour as a medic in Afghanistan.  First she checked the tourniquets. The left was secure, but the right needed work. She pushed her knee into the groin of the soldier, putting … Read entire article »

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Navy eNews August 2011

Dear Friends of the Navy, I am pleased to let you know that RADM (sel) Dixon Smith has been selected to take command of Navy Region Southwest. We are still working out the details for the Change of Command, but I expect it to be in early December 2011. I can’t think of a better choice. Rear Admiral Smith is currently serving as the Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and was previously the Commanding Officer of Naval Base San Diego, so his ties to the San Diego community are as deep as his commitment to the Sailors here. Next week the second issue of the newly revised Navy Compass magazine will hit the streets. If you haven’t seen it I encourage you to find a copy. If you would like to have additional copies please let us know how we … Read entire article »

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Keeping Tabs — 25 August

COMBAT, OPERATIONAL & POST-DEPLOYMENT STRESS/PTSD/TBI Returning Philadelphia veterans face hardship in motherhood: (WHYY-TV, PHILADELPHIA) — Hawthorne is a disabled veteran from the first Gulf War, over a decade ago. She was a Chemical Operations Specialist, dealing regularly with radioactive material and biological weapons. She suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and a number of health complications she feels are related to her exposure.  “I’ve had several miscarriages,” said Hawthorne. “I’ve had a couple of strokes. I was also gang raped in the military four separate times. None of which have been prosecuted.” http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/25463 Coming back home from the battlefield: (METRO NEWS, CANADA) — More than 1,500 Canadian Forces soldiers have been wounded in Afghanistan since 2002, but the mental-health scars of combat don’t just heal once the mission was over. As Canada transitions … Read entire article »

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