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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


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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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Gonzales Among Defendants in Iraq Vets’ PTSD Suit

With the problem of post-traumatic stress disorder on the rise among American veterans returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan, two veterans’ groups have filed a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (pictured) and other defendants, citing systemwide failures in dealing with the PTSD crisis on the governmental level.

Posted on Jul 23, 2007 READ MORE


Remembering Manny Babbitt

The Army has just launched a campaign to educate soldiers and officers about post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries.  Unfortunately, this relatively minor gesture of recognition that these two debilitating conditions need major attention comes too late for veterans like Manny Babbitt, whose nightmares didn’t end—even long after his tour of duty did.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


Army Schools Soldiers on PTSD, Brain Injury

The U.S. Army is starting a corps-wide push to educate soldiers on all levels about the signs and symptoms of brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),  both of which are taking major tolls on active troops and veterans from the Iraq war.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week:  Gen. William Odom

Truthdig tips its hat this week to William Odom, a retired three-star general who has proved his patriotism and loyalty to U.S. troops serving in Iraq by truly keeping their best interests at heart and advocating for their mental and physical well-being—as well as for their speedy and safe withdrawal from Iraq.

Posted on Jul 8, 2007 READ MORE


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Army (Finally) Hires More Shrinks

The Army plans to hire roughly 200 additional mental health workers to help care for ailing soldiers. Thirty-five percent of troops seek mental health care a year after coming home and between 15 and 20 percent of soldiers in Iraq show signs of post-traumatic stress. The latest Pentagon study found military mental health care to be inadequate.

Posted on Jun 14, 2007 READ MORE


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The Overseer: Rep. Henry Waxman

Rep. Henry Waxman, who more than any other politician is fulfilling the Democrats’ election promise to bring good governance and oversight back to Washington, tells Truthdig about Iraq corruption, the tragedy of post-traumatic stress disorder, and why it’s only a matter of time before Congress—Republicans included—pulls the plug on the war.

Posted on May 30, 2007 READ MORE


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The Overseer: Rep. Henry Waxman

Rep. Henry Waxman, who more than any other politician is fulfilling the Democrat’s election promise to bring good governance and oversight back to Washington, tells Truthdig about Iraq corruption, the tragedy of post-traumatic stress disorder, and why it’s only a matter of time before Congress—Republicans included—pulls the plug on the war.

Posted on May 28, 2007 READ MORE


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A Warrior’s Tragic Downfall

A munitions explosion in Iraq took away Sam Ross’ eyesight, left leg and half of his ability to hear. That trauma would eventually lead to 17 suicide attempts and charges of arson and attempted homicide.

Posted on Apr 6, 2007 READ MORE


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Vet Blogs From Within Walter Reed

A wounded soldier is giving the world an insider’s view of life at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center with his new blog, This Veteran’s Life, and the view isn’t pretty.  Here’s a little taste to set the tone:  “Maybe this will give me a place to scream into the void when my screams fall on deaf ears.”

Posted on Mar 14, 2007 READ MORE


Padilla Trial to Go Forward

Jose Padilla has been ruled competent to stand trial, a rebuke to his lawyers.  The defense had sought to have him treated for PTSD before the trial began. Padilla has been held in isolation for three and a half years, during which time he was subjected to varying kinds of interrogation and, very likely, torture.

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE


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Casualties From the Battle Over PTSD

Pvt. Jacob Burgoyne was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and ordered to a psychiatric facility, but the Army sent him home instead. Shortly thereafter, Burgoyne stabbed a fellow soldier 32 times and set his body aflame because, he said, “that’s how we disposed of bodies in Iraq.”

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


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