Posted by: dohgonuniversity | September 22, 2009

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Army draws up plan to send 1,000 more troops to Afghanistan

by Michael Evans and Giles Whittell

British soldiers in Helmand province set off on a mission

Britain is making plans to send up to 1,000 extra troops to Afghanistan to meet the call for reinforcements made by the US commander in Kabul.
The troops would be Britain’s contribution to a military surge called for by General Stanley McChrystal, who commands Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) in Afghanistan, some details of which were leaked to an American newspaper yesterday.
An extra 1,000 troops, the equivalent of a battlegroup, would increase Britain’s military presence to about 10,000. Britain’s force is already the second biggest after the US, which has 62,000 troops in Afghanistan and will increase this to 68,000 by the autumn. Read More…

Also in the news:
Initiative Formed to Help Meet Burgeoning Addiction and Mental Health Issues of Returning US Vets
The Veterans Healing Initiative (VHI) has been formed in response to the dramatic increase of Substance Abuse (SA) and co-occurring mental health disorders among U.S. Veterans.  Formed by Margaret Stone and James L. Abernathy, VHI’s core mission is to raise funds for veterans who need treatment for Addiction and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and help them begin to heal the war within. “For veterans suffering from substance abuse and trauma, the war within is ferocious,” said Stone.

Deputies to get PTSD sensitivity training
This is becoming standard practice in many jurisdictions around the country.

PTSD or SIT?
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PTSD– An Introspective
Should I talk about my exper­i­ences? My mind was made up when I got home from work to the dread­ful news that old army mate had been found dead. He’d hanged him­self.

Surf Camp Successful for Veterans
Six war veterans suffering from PTSD have hailed a new two day surf camp a success.

Fly Fishing Aids Healing for Disabled Vets
A small group of veterans from several states spent the weekend on Lake Taneycomo. Their trip is part of Project Healing Waters. It’s fly fishing, but that’s not all; for disabled active duty military personnel and veterans, it’s an effective therapy both physically and emotionally. h

Art therapy heals mind, body, and soul
Tim Mayer, founder of Artists for the Humanities, an organization that works to promote the return and recovery of combat veterans from all branches of the United States armed forces, explains: “We recently opened an art studio to help veterans and their families learn about art as a way to improve the functional capabilities of those with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury.”

Vets Prevail Launches Clinical Trial to Study Effects of Online Post-Deployment Resiliency Training
Vets Prevail is a cutting edge post-deployment training tool, delivered online, helping veterans readjust to civilian life by teaching resiliency techniques based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The novel solution offers convenient, anonymous training that helps modern warriors navigate the difficult transition back to civilian life upon their return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Marine charged for faking war wounds for gain
The Marines say Budwah is a liar, a fraud and a thief. They are court-martialing the 34-year-old Springhill, La., native, alleging he was never in Afghanistan, wasn’t wounded and didn’t earn the combat medals he wore — or the many privileges he enjoyed.

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