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“Bill aimed at reducing veteran suicide gets support”

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This January 21, 2015 Centre Daily Times article talks about a bill that aims to further reduce the risk of suicide among Veterans has gained support in the house.

“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)

“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.

“Vet says he was asked to leave Walgreens because of service dog”

 

Walgreens

Walgreens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This June 20, 2014 article that includes a video, on the KDFW Dallas website talks about an access issue that a Veteran who is diagnosed with PTSD and uses a Service Dog as part of his treatment, had at a Walgreen’s store.  The article also includes responses from Walgreen’s and statements from the Disabled Veteran in addition to offing some information on what the ADA says about Service Dogs and whether they are required to be dressed in any kind of vest or not.

KDFW

KDFW (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Veterans find their way, guided by specialized treatment court”

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This May 26, 2014 article on TheTimes-Tribune.com website talks about how treatment courts are helping veterans who get in trouble with the law get treatment they need to help them with the mental health and addiction related issues, while diverting some from serving time in prison to community based sentences involving treatment, probation and other similar requirements.

Work of Adobe photo shop, but originally downl...

Work of Adobe photo shop, but originally downloaded from http://imh.org.rs/ – INFORMATOR_INSITUTA; need for article Institute of Mental Health (Belgrade) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“War on homelessness: U.S. veterans deserve a roof over their heads”

English: Homeless Woman Iraqi War Veteran in W...

English: Homeless Woman Iraqi War Veteran in Wheelchair and her Chihuahua, at San Diego Stand Down. Photograph by Patty Mooney of San Diego, California, 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This January 21, 2014 article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about efforts being made to help Veterans get off the streets and into some basic housing.

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“An enemy at home: Suicide”

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This August 28, 2013 article found on the Philly.com website talks about the number of suicides among Veterans compared to those among civilians and talks about some of the work being done to curb these numbers.

“Nature Activities Improve Veterans’ Mental Health By Recreating Positive Aspects of Military Service”

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This July 26, 2013 article found on the Medical Daily website talks about programs offered by the Sierra Club to help Veterans with PTSD.  The programs include group activities such as camping, kayaking, hiking, and fishing, and the idea of the programs is to help Veterans reconnect with the good things that nature has to offer to enable them to in a sense swap negative outdoor memories for positive ones.  The focus is on the activity not the problems.

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Joseph LeConte (1823-1901), American geologist...

Joseph LeConte (1823-1901), American geologist and co-founder of the Sierra Club. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

of not being fully awake and trying to blog)

“Congressmen: Bill would help break down barriers to mental health care”

HONOLULU (May 22, 2010) Sailors from various c...

HONOLULU (May 22, 2010) Sailors from various commands march on Kalakaua Ave. during the Aloha to the Military Ohana celebration and parade. The event was organized to honor active duty military, reservists, wounded warriors, military retirees and veterans of other campaigns and was hosted by the United Service Organization Hawaii, BAE Systems, TriWest Health Care Alliance and the City and County of Honolulu. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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This May 27, 2013 article, on the Centre Daily Times website,  talks about some of the issues surrounding suicide among military personnel among both those in Active Duty and those who are Veterans

 

 

“Changing the Lives of Veterans One Service Dog At A Time”

English: Golden Retreiver Service Dog

English: Golden Retreiver Service Dog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This March 2013 article on the Harrisburg Magazine website, talks about the benefits of Service Dogs to Veterans with PTSD, and points out that the public needs to respect that the dog is a service dog and not a pet despite the handler not having a disability that is visible to the naked eye.

My Service Dog does similar work to aid me as what was described in this article and I know all to well that while my Service Dog has made life more bearable for me, the public can be downright rude at times with the staring and questioning.  A Service Dog is a medical device and should be responded to with the same respect that would be expected by someone using a wheel chair or cane.  Always remember that just because the person holding the leash of a service dog doesn’t “look” disabled doesn’t mean they aren’t, if they weren’t disabled they wouldn’t need a Service Dog.

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