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Keeping Tabs — 1 September

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

  • Beyond PTSD: Soldiers Have Injured Souls: (MILLER-MCCUNE) — What sometimes happens in war may more accurately be called a moral injury — a deep soul wound that pierces a person’s identity, sense of morality and relationship to society. In short, a threat in a solder’s life.  http://www.miller-mccune.com/culture/beyond-ptsd-soldiers-have-injured-souls-34293/
  • NIH database will speed research toward better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury: (NIH.GOV) — The National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Department of Defense, is building a central database on traumatic brain injuries. The Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research (FITBIR) database, funded at $10 million over four years, is designed to accelerate comparative effectiveness research on brain injury treatment and diagnosis. It will serve as a central repository for new data, link to current databases and allow valid comparison of results across studies.  http://www.nih.gov/news/health/aug2011/ninds-29.htm
  • Om in the army: the US military gets yoga: (UK GUARDIAN) — That’s right, everyone from grunts in basic training to elite warrior units like the US Navy Seals have caught the yoga bug, and now some top commanders are planning to incorporate the ancient mind-body practice into the military’s official training. The US Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), which oversees instruction of soldiers in everything from how to salute to the right way to hold a rifle, is proposing the largest overhaul of military fitness training in more than 30 years – and for the first time, yoga, as well as Pilates and martial arts, are being highlighted. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/aug/31/yoga-army-us-military

NATIONAL GUARD/RESERVES

  • Getting a grip on stress: Arizona National Guard building resiliency at all levels: (AZ NAT’L GUARD) — In response to the escalating suicide rate, the Arizona National Guard has instituted a week-long training module aimed at first-line leaders. An element of the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, the training prepares these soldiers and Airmen to be able to identify those signs of stress that could lead to a service member not being mission ready, and capable of assisting that service member in obtaining the proper assistance in dealing with that stress. http://www.dvidshub.net/news/76246/getting-grip-stress-arizona-national-guard-building-resiliency-all-levels

WRAMC CLOSING

  • After In-Patient Care, Troops Face Bureaucracy: (ALL THINGS CONSIDERED-NPR) — Well, they have several thousand people caring for these soldiers. And each soldier has a primary care manager, a nursing care manager, a squad leader. In essence, they kind of mirror regular Army units. But the mission here is just for these soldiers to get better. And these three people keep an eye on you, everything from doctors’ appointments to paperwork, to taking your medications.  http://www.npr.org/2011/08/31/140093539/after-in-patient-care-troops-face-bureaucracy

WOUNDED WARRIOR& FAMILY SUPPORT

  • Empowering Military Families and the Civilian Community to Work Together: (WHITE HOUSE.GOV) — As such, Blue Star Families’ strategic focus is to bridge the gap between the military and civilian communities.  In doing so, our primary aim is to promote and foster healthy military families through the collaborative sharing of information and quality of life resources.  http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/31/empowering-military-families-and-civilian-community-work-together
  • Spouse turns her loss into benefit for others: (ARMY NEWS) — “Preparing your relationship for the unthinkable – Military Casualties” is a presentation designed to help people deal with the death of a loved one by explaining some of the issues they might face and the questions that may arise after a loss. The class encourages participants to discuss and plan, to “give your loved ones the gift of peace, by taking the time to talk about the unthinkable.” …Myers-Garner speaks from experience. On July 6, 2009, her husband Capt. Mark Garner was killed in action in Afghanistan. In one moment, her entire life changed. http://www.army.mil/article/64514/Spouse_turns_her_loss_into_benefit_for_others/
  • Pentagon Leaders Dedicate USO Exhibit: (DOD NEWS) — Lynn also said the USO maintains a large presence at Defense Department medical facilities in Landstuhl, Germany; Bethesda, Md.; at Fort Belvoir, Va.; and until recently, Walter Reed Army Medical Center here. “[We’re here] to recognize the seven decades of service that the USO has provided,” the deputy secretary said. “They bring so much to our troops and their families. http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=65217
  • Patriot Golf Day to kick off with special round: (PGA OF AMERICA) — For the fifth consecutive year, thousands of PGA Professionals and golf facilities nationwide will participate in Patriot Golf Day® over Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2-5), and for the second consecutive year, President George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States of America, serves as the Honorary Chairman of Patriot Golf Day weekend. Patriot Golf Day is the primary fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation, a national non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships and other assistance to the families of service men and women who have given life and limb in service to their country. More than 4,000 golf courses across the country are registered to participate. http://www.pga.com/pga-america/pga-feature/patriot-golf-day-kick-off-special-round

“SEA OF GOOD WILL”

  • Veterans Discover Allure Of Jobs In Western Wilderness: (NY TIMES) — Fourteen miles from the nearest road and thousands of miles from the areas of conflict and tension where the two men served in the Army, Mr. Snyder (a former air traffic controller in Iraq) and Mr. Morin (a tank corpsman on the Korean Peninsula) and five other former military men are breaking a trail, figuratively and literally. They are part of a pilot program run by the California Conservation Corps, which gives veterans a chance to learn skills and perhaps pursue careers preserving public lands. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/01/science/earth/01veterans.html

OPINION/COMMENTARY

  • From Battlefront To Boardroom: (WALL STREET JOURNAL) — So after a quarter-century on Wall Street, Mr. Goodfriend retired and in 2007 started repaying that debt. He founded a nonprofit called American Corporate Partners (ACP), a mentoring program that helps veterans successfully jump from military careers into business. Senior executives in 27 companies—from Alcoa to Verizon—and three universities (Texas, Kansas State and Harvard) are paired with recently returned veterans for career counseling, mentoring and encouragement. This takes place in monthly one-on-one meetings between mentors and protégés and in regular events for networking and career development.  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904583204576542182879876722.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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