PBS stations are airing a 10-part documentary about the Vietnam War. The trauma of Vietnam runs deep for many of those who fought there, and the Department of Veterans Affairs is preparing for a possible surge in veterans seeking counseling because of the film. Mental health professionals say it could trigger PTSD and depression.
Habitat for Humanity was given $100,000, which they’ll use to combat homelessness and build homes for veterans. Community Healthcore received $300,000, which will be used to target mental illness and outreach for veterans. Both groups urge anyone who knows of a veteran needing assistance to contact them.
According to a Government Accounting Office report from earlier this year, more than 57,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines were discharged for misconduct from 2011 through 2015 though they had been diagnosed with a mental health condition in the two years before their discharges. veteran mental health
Transgender people make up a small percentage of active-duty U.S. military personnel, but their experience in the service may yield long-term, positive effects on their mental health and quality of life.
Mental health policy in Texas is undergoing tremendous, positive change — and it’s happening relatively quickly. The 85th Legislature passed more than a dozen mental health-related bills. The new laws will impact a broad range of Texans, from children in foster care to veterans with post-traumatic stress to early intervention for children in poverty.
The ads focus on this stark but little known fact: Roughly 40 percent of cigarettes sold in the U.S. are smoked by people with mental health issues, including depression, anxiety or substance-abuse problems.
The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System hosted a mental health summit at the Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Friday. The event drew almost 100 people, including members of groups helping veterans.
Dr. Lindsey Hopkins recently chaired a session highlighting new research on yoga’s influence in fighting depression. In a series of studies seeking to find hard data on the question of its efficacy, she found the answer to be an unequivocal yes — so much so that the U.S. military is now looking into incorporating it Read more
One thing for certain is that the current system, which makes mentally ill veterans plead sickness or else lose their retirement benefits, creates exactly the wrong therapeutic incentives for them to actually get better.
Pentagon health care providers failed to perform critical follow-up for many troops diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome who also were at high risk for suicide, according to a new study released Monday by the RAND Corp.
Treating American service members hurt in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts created a new military emphasis on polytrauma — a medical term meaning more than one serious injury. The complex wounds of war also created a need for a new model of care that today is helping veterans and active duty military heal.
Many rural veterans rely on a combination of VA health insurance and other forms of insurance, such as private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare. For veterans in rural areas, “Medicaid could mean the difference between them getting care, and them not getting care,” said Andrea Callow, Families USA associate director of Medicaid initiatives.
President Donald Trump announced new efforts to use technology to improve veterans’ health care, saying the programs will expand access, especially for mental health care and suicide prevention. Veterans living in rural areas will also benefit, he said.
The nonprofit app, which is currently in development, will instantly and anonymously connect veterans to other veterans who have been trained in suicide prevention and de-escalation. The veterans can then chat via text, phone, or video.
Troubling new study findings suggest that U.S. Army soldiers are more likely to try to kill themselves if another member of their unit has attempted suicide in the previous year. In fact, the researchers linked almost 20 percent of such suicide attempts to recent attempts by others in their units.
The mental health of alleged terrorist sympathizer Ikaika Kang, a U.S. army sergeant from Waimanalo, is under scrutiny at a time when the deep psychological wounds of war are getting more attention across the country.
Mary-Ann Rich says she’d always been “suspicious” of such things. But by the time she found Transcendental Meditation, she was isolated, agitated, and desperate for a breakthrough.
The great debate over how to best meet the health care needs of veterans remains a contentious issue in America, particular after the VA was accused of neglecting those who served the country. But some believe agencies like the Cohen Veterans Network could be the solution.
Health policy expert Daniel E. Dawes (who was an instrumental force in the drafting of the Affordable Care Act) and other mental health advocates are fighting to protect essential benefits currently under attack by Obama opponents, including benefits for mental health and addiction care.
A recent government study concluded that about 12 percent of service members who left the military between 2011 and 2015 did so with a discharge type that will make them unable to access Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Within that group, more than 55,000 had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or related Read more
For Gary Kennedy, there’s satisfaction in helping those who have post-traumatic stress disorder. The veteran and former first responder wants to spread the word about local recreational activities and mental health services.
“These are ideas that don’t have any partisan aspect to them,” O’Rourke said. “We just want to serve Americans, veterans, heroes who need our help. We want to make sure we fulfill our commitment obligation to them.”
While there has been no confirmed link of PTSD to the Dallas ambush attack, the National Academy of Science reports that the disorder is “one of the signature injuries of the U.S. conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
It took approximately 45 minutes in McKinney, a conservative bastion in North Texas. It took about a half hour in Austin, the unapologetically liberal seat of state government. But no matter what, in a pair of town halls meant to address veterans’ issues this week, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, faced sharp questions about Republicans’ Read more
Veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) differ from civilians with TBI in some key ways — with potentially important implications for long-term care and support of injured service members and their families, new research outlines.
The Texas Republican expressed concern for the U.S. military, national defense and fiscal responsibilities within the government to provide better health care for veterans. Misty Hook, a locally practicing psychologist and small-business owner, expressed her concerns about reimbursement issues as a health care professional caring for veterans and their mental health in a system where Read more
Having lived with PTSD since 1997 and having climbed my way out of a dark place to now where I live a very happy, fulfilling life by my design, I think I know a thing or two about living with PTSD. So in honor of PTSD Awareness Day, allow me to clarify what I believe Read more
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday that it would begin offering emergency mental health services to veterans with other-than-honorable discharges. The change acknowledges the population of veterans has been denied needed care, but it doesn’t go far enough, according to a statement from Vietnam Veterans of America, which has advocated for years on behalf Read more