Posted by: dohgonuniversity | September 11, 2009

V8-19

A constant battle

by Brittany Shammas
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The air fills with the screaming of soldiers. The ting-ting-ting of small-arms gunfire resounds against the metal of the helicopter. An ehh ehh ehh sound echoes as Rick Flynn’s helicopter falls 200 feet to the ground. Soldiers, who are one minute from their landing zone and not wearing safety harnesses, are thrown about. There’s also the smell of flesh. A smell so foul Flynn tries to forget, but it forever lingers in his memory.
He’s trapped in the nightmare again, back in Afghanistan. It’s probably his third or fourth time this month having the same nightmare.
“It’s not the type of nightmare where you wake up and you say, ‘OK, I’m awake now.’ It’s the type where you look to see where you’re at. It’s so real, you feel like you’re actually there. It’s difficult to experience; it’s even more difficult to have to relive it,” said Flynn, 27. Read More…

Also in the news:
Treatment for Mental Health Problems Improve Worker Productivity
Effective treatment for employee mental health problems leads to significant improvements in productivity, according to a study in the September Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

Tour Raises Awareness of Mental Illness
“‘No Kidding, Me Too!’ is an advocacy organization of celebrities to educate and to advocate the purpose of removing the stigma attached to mental illness and breaking down societal barriers,” said Joe Pantoliano, actor and founder of the organization during his recent visit to Victory Base Complex. “We seek to empower those with mental illness, to admit their illness and to embrace their openness to seek treatment.”

Lawmakers seek to help Vets with PTSD
When former Army Spec. Joe Collins first returned from Iraq in 2003, he secured a good government job and purchased his own home by age 21.
But as months passed, the stress of combat began taking its toll on Collins, who began a downward spiral of shunning friends and family, depression and substance abuse, his mother Cynde Collins-Clark told members of the state House Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on Thursday. The lawmakers are examining a rise in the number of military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder — or PTSD.

Fighting PTSD, the inside war
We now know that failure to adequately address combat stress and its consequences probably played a crucial role in the development of disabling, and often lethal, psychiatric illness in a large number of Vietnam veterans.
Our contemporary engagements, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, have also been taking their toll on the psychological health of our servicemen and -women.

Senator McCain says Wounded Warriors need Nation’s fidelity to commitments
“America’s veterans deserve not only the country’s gratitude, but also our fidelity to the commitments made to them and their families for years of faithful service,” said Senator John McCain. “I believe we can and must do more to ensure our veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other combat related health issues receive the best care possible.”

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