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“President Obama Signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act”

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This video was uploaded to YouTube on February 12, 2015 after President Obama signed into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act today.

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The Ultimate Sacrifice”

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This Breaking Ground segment was found on December 29, 2014 and talks about something most of us don’t even think about …. the question of what do Military Kids go through while their Military Parent is deployed or the family has to move because of orders received by the parent to report for duty at a different place?  It’s worth reading, and offered some insight for me into a world I know little about.

“Community-Based Mental Health Providers Need More Preparation to Better Care for Veterans”

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This November 12, 2014 The Rand article found on the InsuranceNews.net website talks about the need for increased training for community based mental health providers to be able to effectively treat military personal and their families.  The article indicated that one are providers need to look at is increasing their awareness of the military culture of the soldiers and their families.

“Emotional toll taxes military drone operators too”

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This September 29, 2014 The Sentinel article on the cumberlink.com website talks about the mental impact that operators of drone missions are experiencing.  The mental health issues being seen include depression, anxiety and even PTSD in some operators.  The military has started to attach psychologists and chaplains to drone units in addition to adjusting the shifts worked by the operators in an effort to decrease the impact missions have on them.  The article indicates that what is seen by the operators is more than “just a video game” and can create moral injuries in addition to mental injuries the same as combat on the front lines of battle can produce.

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress.

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Women vets have a friend in Pennsylvania”

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This August 7, 2014 Pocono Record article talks about efforts being made to better meet the needs of female Veterans in the VA.  Women are advocating for more female specific services in an administration that has been setup with a focus on the medical needs of men.  The article suggests there may be a lack of OB/GYN services in the VA and the not all of them offer this which means women either don’t receive basic care or have to travel further for basic gender based care then their brothers-in-arms would for their gender specific care.

Veterans Memorial

Veterans Memorial (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Local soldiers deploy to Kuwait on mental health mission”

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This August 2, 2014 WTHR.com article, from Indianapolis, talks about the 55th Medical Detachment Combat Operational Stress Control.  Their purpose is to help soldiers manage stress in combat zones, while not only looking out for other soldiers, but also looking out for each other.

Therapy dog

Therapy dog (Photo credit: The U.S. Army)

“Fireworks Can be a Reminder of War for Veterans with PTSD”

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This July 3, 2014 WSEE News article from Erie, PA talks about something many of us may not even think of.  Fireworks can be something that can trigger PTSD symptoms in Veterans, not just the sound of them, but the smell can be an issue also so many Veterans with PTSD

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

tend to avoid fireworks displays and will try to avoid the 4th of July in general because of these reminders of their combat experiences.

“Pennsylvania VA clinic fifth worst for mental health care appointments in the nation, audit says”

 

Pennsylvania Turnpike

Pennsylvania Turnpike (Photo credit: Rhys A.)

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This June 9, 2014 LehighValleyLive.com article talks about issues that have been discovered during an audit of the Pennsylvania VA clinics with regards to mental health care.   I got the impression that while some are really bad, others do a better job, so this doesn’t say that every VA is going to have issues when it comes to mental health care, it just means there are some that need lots of improvement and others not so much.

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“House passes new mental health screening for recruits”

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This May 22, 2014 Stars and Stripes article talks about a plan that has made it through the House that would increase the screening of recruits for mental health issues.  The article indicates that there is a possibility that with the new screen process, there are some who would not be allowed to serve in the military due to mental health issues.

A Little Bit Louder Now

A Little Bit Louder Now (Photo credit: United States Marine Corps Official Page)

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“‘We Must Do Better Job of Assessing the Mental Well Being of Service Members'”

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This May 7, 2014 Insurance Net article talks about not only the need for the military to improve the mental health screening of military personal, but also describes some of what is being done in this area.  there is also a video linked

SALUTE TO OUR MILITARY PARADE, Fairbanks, Alaska

SALUTE TO OUR MILITARY PARADE, Fairbanks, Alaska (Photo credit: Fort Wainwright Public Affairs Office)

within the article of the discussion during a DOD meeting.

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