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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Shooting Ghosts: How Veterans Recover From Afghanistan

Finbarr O’Reilly was a canny Canadian war photographer embedded in Helmand province in Afghanistan. T.J. Brennan was a boisterous, profane and skeptical Marine sergeant who played host to O’Reilly in 2010, as he and his men undertook the thankless mission of fending off invisible Taliban fighters in a moonscape of dusty villages. One day, Brennan, while out on patrol, was knocked down by the shockwave of a rocket-propelled grenade. O’Reilly took a photo of the wounded warrior, and they fell in love.

August 28, 2017
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PFC Jared Hunter Forced To Make A Shameful Choice

Before Jared Hunter tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide.

May 25, 2015

‘Marching Home’: Veterans of Civil War Faced Struggles Similar To Those Of Today’s Soldiers

In a way, the “boys in blue and gray” also still live with us in the experiences of veterans returning home from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Caring for those who have borne the battle and for their families remains an urgent task.

April 19, 2015

On The Front Lines Of PTSD Research

Picture a trauma victim, someone who has endured a gunshot wound, a car crash or an industrial accident, a person whose body is broken and is rushed into surgery to be mended by physicians racing against the clock.

April 13, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Afterwar: Healing The Moral Wounds Of Our Soldiers’

‘Afterwar’ is a lucid, insightful, and compassionate guide to how veterans can recover, so that “minds and not just bodies” can endure.

March 22, 2015

G.I. Joe Photo Exhibit Brings To Life Real Plight Of Struggling Veterans

By Mark Emmons, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif — These are no ordinary Joes. At first glance, the G.I. Joe action figures who are the subjects of a stark photo exhibit on display at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library look disturbingly real. And that’s precisely the point. Mark Pinto hopes the […]

September 16, 2014

Scientists Find A Possible Biomarker For PTSD In Rats

By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times Scientists have been looking for a blood test or other biological marker for post-traumatic stress disorder, which can be difficult to diagnose. Experimenting in rats, they may have found one. In a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, researchers stressed out dozens […]

August 12, 2014

Fort Hood Shooting Focuses Attention On Military Mental Health

By Jeremy Schwartz, Austin American-Statesman AUSTIN, Texas — As the second-highest-ranking officer in the U.S. Army, retired Gen. Peter Chiarelli was briefed on all soldiers who killed themselves during the military’s burgeoning suicide crisis between 2008 and 2012. With numbing regularity, mental health professionals made notes indicating that the troubled soldiers weren’t a threat to themselves […]

April 9, 2014
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Veterans Push To Smoke Pot To Ease PTSD, Other Ailments

By Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — After flying helicopters in Vietnam for 30 months, Perry Parks couldn’t stop the panicked dreams. “I was flying through wires all the time and I never hit the wire,” said Parks, 71, a retired military commander from Rockingham, N.C. “I’m a helicopter pilot, so wires scare the hell […]

April 3, 2014