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Latest Veteran News

C.I.B. 1969 - A Combat Infantryman’s Journey, follows a Vietnam Veteran’s trip into hell and a soul-searching look at the way back to civilian life. This story is based on the memoirs of 20 year old army grunt Rick Seaman, from the jungled swamps of enemy territory in South Vietnam to an ongoing, forty year battle with the demons of PTSD.
Detailed study confirms high suicide rate among recent veterans
"People's natural instinct is to explain military suicide by the war-is-hell theory of the world," said Michael Schoenbaum, an epidemiologist and military suicide expert at the National Institute of Mental Health who was not involved in the study. "But it's more complicated."
When Giving Up 'Wounded Warrior' Status Helps Vets Heal
Some had planned on a long military career, only to find their plans cut short as they face a medical discharge. Entering an often unfamiliar civilian world can be daunting, even for those without disabilities. Some have never held a civilian job, filled out a resume or applied to college. And on top of these new challenges, the comforting support structure of battle buddies and the military chain of command are gone.
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Blogs

Los Angeles might be the largest urban area in the richest country of the world.  But you wouldn't know that if you were standing in downtown LA's Skid Row, seeing the sidewalks crowded with homeless, many of them veterans, many more of them mentally ill, on crutches, or in wheelchairs.

It seems like the more we know about PTSD, the more there is to know.  While the term PTSD didn’t enter our language until the 1980’s, writers since Herodotus have been describing it. I’ve talked here before about the various treatments in use now, modalities that range from holistic to pharmaceutical.  One thing I didn’t mention earlier was hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, the application of pure oxygen.

Vietnam veterans showed us the breadth, depth and long-term ramifications of non-physical injuries—Post Traumatic Stress.  The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have brought greater awareness to the issues returning veterans face in healing both physical and emotional injury while transitioning out of the military back into society.