Posted by: dohgonuniversity | September 13, 2009


Courts urged to consider Vet’s Trauma

By William H. McMichael – Staff writer

A loose coalition of activist veterans, private foundations, government health care workers and justice system officials is forming to create or lobby for initiatives aimed at taking war-related trauma into account during the sentencing of veterans who commit nonviolent crimes.
There are no national statistics on the prevalence of crimes committed by troubled war veterans. And no one is arguing for going easy on those who commit violent crimes.
But the punishment for crimes committed by war vets in which no others are physically harmed — such as drug possession and driving while intoxicated — should be leavened with the knowledge of what the vets have gone through and the treatment they still could lack, argues Army veteran and former social worker Guy Gambill, a Minnesota-based consultant on veterans issues. Read More…

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VA Center helps Vets make transition to civilian life

“We were determined this was not going to be like the Vietnam era,” Kirby said.
Before 9/11, the largest group the VA worked with included veterans from World War II and the Vietnam War. But VA centers in the Southeast network, which include Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, now see some of the highest numbers in the nation of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
There are now an estimated 1.6 million veterans in the U.S. who have served in combat since Sept. 11, 2001.

Cancer support group targets military veterans
Many U.S. veterans face a new enemy, years and even decades, after their military service – cancer. Studies show veterans are 25 to 75 percent more likely than the general public to develop certain types of cancers, particularly involving the lung.

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Amy Arnstens research illuminates whats happening in our brains during times of stress. Her findings have helped develop drug treatments for PTSD and are currently being tested to aid in smoking cessation as part of her work with Yale Stress Center.

The PTSD Identity:  wanting to feel alive (again!) by living reckless extremes
The PTSD Identity takes over when our PTSD symptoms take control of us.  One tends to whipsaw between all sorts of extremes.  I may at one moment want to be in the crowd and act hyperactive with them, or I may want to be in isolation and removed from all of my relationships.  I may want to feel alive or I may not want to feel at all. Getting ping-ponged between these extremes can lead to risky behaviors, such as
drinking too much, fighting, drug abuse, thrill seeking, medication abuse, and reckless sex.


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