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On Veterans Day, Let’s Think About Ending War

Instead of thanking present and past military members for their service, we need to confront the horrors of war and focus on ending violence between nations and peoples.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE

Vets Win Expansion of Freedom of Speech and Right to Assemble

For the past three years, members of Veterans For Peace and their allies have gathered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Lower Manhattan on the date of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan to mark another year of a war and call for peace. This year, they were finally able to do so without facing a small army of police threatening arrest.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE

White House Security Breach: Coming Home

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE

Black Men in America Are Traumatized by Racism—Are We Listening?

The topic of racism often generates discussions of justice, equality, freedom and human rights. But what about trauma?

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Mark Humphrey

No Thanks From an Ungrateful Nation: The Surge of Female Vets Living on the Streets

Sexual assault is a major reason for the growing number of homeless female veterans.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE

Gaza Psychologist Becomes Trauma Victim, Tragically Losing 6 Close Relatives in Recent Attack

“You are,” Dr. Hassan al-Zeyada says, “like a prison doctor treating a victim of torture, making the prisoner healthy to be interrogated and tortured again.”

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE

kevin dean (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

The Best Reporting on Children With Post-Traumatic Stress

This is what happens to children and teenagers exposed to violence in their own neighborhoods.

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 READ MORE

Government Efforts to Treat PTSD Are for Naught

There is little evidence that the billions of dollars spent each year to treat military service members and veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder are having their intended effects, a new report commissioned by Congress finds.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE

Star-Spangled Baggage

Amid the barrage of coverage of Specialist Ivan Lopez’s shooting spree at Fort Hood, evidence that has been in plain sight for years of how the violence of America’s distant wars comes back to haunt the “homeland” was missing. In that context, Lopez’s killings are one more marker on a bloody trail of death that leads from Iraq and Afghanistan into the American heartland.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE

Triggering Ft. Hood

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE

Ft. Hood

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 READ MORE

The U.S. Army (CC BY 2.0)

Fort Hood and the True Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan Wars: Nearly 1 Million Traumatized by PTSD

The Fort Hood shooter who left three victims dead Wednesday had been being assessed for post-traumatic stress disorder. He had served for four months at the tail end of the Iraq War in 2011 and suffered from anxiety and depression.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Why Hospitals Are Failing Civilians Who Get PTSD

More than 20 percent of civilians with traumatic injuries may develop PTSD. Trauma surgeons explain why many hospitals aren’t doing anything about it.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE


The PTSD Crisis That’s Being Ignored: Americans Wounded in Their Own Neighborhoods

Americans wounded in their own neighborhoods are not getting treatment for PTSD. They’re not even getting diagnosed.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE

Ex-Air Force Pilot Discusses Trauma From Remote Killing

Brandon Bryant flew predator drones from 2007 to 2011, manning the camera on UAVs that attacked people overseas. His squadron was credited with 1,626 kills; he figures he’s personally killed 13 people, and his involvement has left him traumatized.

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 READ MORE

Sgt. Bales

Posted on Aug 11, 2013 READ MORE

Edd Turtle

Shell Shock Lite

It didn’t take much. No battles. No dead bodies. I spent just three and a half weeks as a contractor in Iraq, when the war there was at its height, rarely leaving the security of American military bases.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE

mrbill78636 (CC BY 2.0)

Hundreds of Thousands More Like Tomas Young

Almost half of the 2.2 million troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan report problems on returning home, but the attention and care many receive from the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs are not enough, a report published Tuesday finds.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE

Skley (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Stress Disorders and Drone Pilots

Researchers report that drone pilots experience mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder at the same rate as pilots of manned aircraft deployed in the Middle East.

Posted on Feb 23, 2013 READ MORE

Military Wives

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 READ MORE

The Truth About War

Karl Marlantes, a highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War and author of two grim and heart-wrenching books based on his experiences, talks with Bill Moyers about returning home to the United States after being sent across the world to kill.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE


‘There’s No Downside’ to Drones, Philosopher Says

A newly hired philosophy professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., has become the latest defender of President Obama’s deadly drone program.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE

Popularity Setbacks in Afghanistan

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE

AP / DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock, File

Bales Charged With 17 Counts of Murder

On Friday, the U.S. military took a significant step in the case of Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the American soldier accused of killing 17 civilians in Afghanistan on March 11, by formally charging him with 17 counts of murder, along with other alleged crimes.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE

GI Load

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 READ MORE

Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Former Child Soldier on Kony 2012: ‘Why Can’t They Preach Peace?’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We hear from two people living in northern Uganda, including one of Joseph Kony’s former abductees, about the viral #Kony2012 campaign. Also: Psychologist Francine Shapiro.

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 READ MORE

Former Child Soldier on Kony 2012: ‘Why Can’t They Preach Peace?’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We hear from two people living in northern Uganda, including one of Joseph Kony’s former abductees, about the viral #Kony2012 campaign. Also: Psychologist Francine Shapiro.

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 READ MORE

Surviving the Hell of War, and Then Some

A PTSD victim looks for a day when the Army will reform the “boys’ club” atmosphere that makes women soldiers a target for discrimination, harassment and rape.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE

Christian Peralta (CC-BY-SA)

Accused Serial Killer Returned From Iraq ‘Totally Changed’

Friends tell the Los Angeles Times that Itzcoatl “Izzy” Ocampo returned from Iraq a changed man. The ex-Marine from Orange County, Calif., is accused of killing four homeless men, each stabbed more than 40 times. “He’s a veteran who did not get the help he needed,” said a fellow Marine, adding that she had trusted Ocampo with her life.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE

wounded boy
AP / Karim Kadim

A Day Late and $3 Trillion Short

The New York Times ran a story Wednesday, the day before U.S. and Iraqi leaders marked the official end of the Iraq War, about a shocking find in an Iraqi junkyard: secret interviews from U.S. soldiers talking about the 2005 massacre of civilians in Haditha. But this kind of account, as The Washington Spectator’s Hamilton Fish noted Thursday, has been passed over by the mainstream press for years.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE

Women and PTSD

More and more American women face the trauma of combat, yet post-traumatic stress disorder is often presented as a uniquely male condition. According to this short documentary, the number of women suffering from PTSD symptoms has doubled in the past 10 years.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / ashley rose

Antidepressant Nation

A serious conversation is under way in the United States on the subject of psychiatric drugs. The debate consists of three fundamental issues: first, whether antidepressants actually treat depression; second, the vast, growing body of evidence that psychotropic medications ... (more)

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 READ MORE

Soldier Suicides and the Politics of Presidential Condolences

President Barack Obama just announced a reversal of a long-standing policy that denied presidential condolence letters to the family members of soldiers who commit suicide.

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Jorge Saenz

Freedom May Come With Challenges for Chilean Miners

The 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for two months were pulled out of their predicament one by one Wednesday, and hopefully their ordeal is truly over, but Chilean officials are giving them the option of leaning on expert help if adjusting to life above ground proves difficult.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE

American soldier in Afghanistan
Flickr / National Guard

10 Things We Must Remember on Memorial Day

According to Yale historian David Blight, Memorial Day got its start at the end of the Civil War. 145 years after the end of our Civil War, our nation is engaged in near civil wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which we had a part in starting and no plans for ending.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / AndYaDontStop

Soldier Accused of Waterboarding 4-Year-Old Daughter

Police have charged an American soldier with assaulting his young daughter. Specifically, Joshua Tabor of Tacoma, Wash., is reported to have waterboarded his 4-year-old three or four times because she was afraid of water and had trouble with her ABCs.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Army / Spc. David J. Marshall

We ‘Support’ the Troops by Burdening Them More

By escalating an unnecessary conflict, President Barack Obama runs the risk of damaging many more Americans through PTSD and other human consequences of warfare. We are heaping upon members of the military more responsibility, more work, more war, more physical and psychological trauma.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE

Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: GOP Scores; Unemployment Up; Fort Hood Fallout

Unemployment reaches 10.2 percent—do we need a bigger stimulus? What do the GOP victories in Virginia and New Jersey mean for both parties? Will the House’s historic health care bill pass, and, if so, why wait till 2013 to implement it?

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young

Does Military Service Turn Young Men Into Sexual Predators?

It can be shown that the patterns of military sex crimes are old and widespread—for generations, military service has transformed large numbers of American boys into sexual predators. So it seems reasonable to ask whether perhaps there is something about military culture or training or experience that can be identified as causative, and then, perhaps, changed.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE


UAVs: The Future of Warfare in America

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said it, and judging by this three-part series from CNN, the age of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is upon us. It’s warfare by joystick—and the Predator drone is only the beginning.

Posted on Jul 23, 2009 READ MORE

Rose Barracks

U.S. Soldier Gets Life in Killing of Iraqi Prisoners

He was one of three U.S. soldiers implicated in the execution-style shooting of four Iraqi prisoners near Baghdad in March 2007, but 40-year-old Army Master Sgt. John E. Hatley was also believed to have been the main instigator in the incident. On Thursday, Hatley was sentenced to life in prison for murder.

Posted on Apr 16, 2009 READ MORE

U.S. Soldier Found Guilty of Murder in Iraq Killings

Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr. was convicted of murder Friday for his part in the shooting deaths of four Iraqis in 2007. The 28-year-old Army medic, one of a group of soldiers to face charges in the case, admitted that he shot one of the victims in the back of the head, but Leahy’s lawyer argued that combat stress had destroyed his client’s capacity to reason properly.

Posted on Feb 20, 2009 READ MORE


Pentagon Looking to Help Shape War Films

The recent spate of war movies about Iraq and Afghanistan has proved to be a hard sell with American audiences—even more so with the U.S. military. Now, the Pentagon is combating a certain lack of nuance, as military officials see it, in flicks like “Redacted” and “In the Valley of Elah” by offering script consultation services to Hollywood types looking to make movies about the current conflicts in the Middle East.

Posted on Jul 7, 2008 READ MORE

Iraq’s Signature Wound

George Ball remembers last July 4 all too well. “I spent it in my room with the windows drawn and the covers over my head,” the 32-year-old Iraq war veteran says. The bottle rockets, with their shrieking whistles followed by the pop of explosions, affected him most.

Posted on Jul 2, 2008 READ MORE

Kovic protest
AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Stopping the War Machine: Military Recruiters Must Be Confronted

As a former United States Marine Corps sergeant who was shot and paralyzed from my mid-chest down during my second tour of duty in Vietnam on Jan. 20, 1968, I am sending my complete support and admiration to all those now involved in the courageous struggle to stop military recruitment in Berkeley and across the country.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


U.S. Sergeant Refuses to Serve in ‘Illegal’ War

On Thursday, a group of U.S. soldiers spoke before members of Congress about the failings of the Iraq war and the immeasurable toll it has taken on Iraqis and American troops. Afterward, Sgt. Matthis Chiroux announced that he is refusing to serve in Iraq.

Posted on May 16, 2008 READ MORE

American Veterans in Crisis

When young American men and women sign up to serve in our military, the government makes them a basic promise: If they are wounded in the line of duty, they will get the care they need. But for far too many, that’s a promise that only exists on paper—even months after the news emerged about American vets’ shameful treatment at U.S. military facilities.

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 READ MORE

Army Suicide Rate Highest on Record

The number of active-duty soldiers who kill themselves or attempt to is the highest it’s been since the Army began keeping records almost 30 years ago. Three hundred fifty soldiers attempted suicide or injured themselves in 2002, compared with 2,100 in 2007.

Posted on Jan 31, 2008 READ MORE

For Veterans With PTSD, Location Is Everything

Of the 750,000 or so veterans who have been discharged from the “war on terror,” roughly one-quarter have been recognized by the VA as mentally or physically injured. One of the leading debilitating injuries suffered by those men and women is PTSD, but how much they’re compensated by the government depends a great deal on where they live, according to an investigation by McClatchy’s Washington bureau.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE

The Uncounted Casualties of War

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Lucey is not counted among the Iraq war dead. But he did die, when he came home. He committed suicide.

Posted on Aug 1, 2007 READ MORE

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