Posted by: dohgonuniversity | September 24, 2009

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Veterans suffering from PTSD often end up in jail,
but should they?

By Dave Fehling

Jacobi Montgomery is one of those vets who eventually ended up in jail.
After returning from Iraq last year, he woke up at Fort Hood to the sound of tanks practice-firing their guns. He thought he was back overseas.
“I’m like, God dang they’re in Texas now, too? So they’re coming to get me over here?” Montgomery recalled.
He hit the floor and rolled under his bunk before he realized what was happening.
This summer, he returned to civilian life back home with family, which he found wasn’t easy.
“Arguments, escalation, sometimes a little bit physical,” Montgomery said. “I’m not really a violent person, but sometimes you have emotions you can’t control.”
It eventually got worse, and that’s when his family called the cops.
They took him to jail.
“So that was someplace I never thought I’d be,” he said.
But is jail the place for veterans like Montgomery? Read More…

Also in the news:
Lasting, unseen trauma
Hundreds of uniformed service members, administration leaders, legislators, health professionals, wounded warriors, family members and concerned citizens gathered in Alexandria last week for the Defense Forum Washington to discuss the unseen injuries of war. The topics included post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and progress on various pilot projects designed to improve support for wounded service members.

Soldiers seek a new beginning
“Since the brain is so complicated, it can have thousands of manifestations from an explosion,” said Tom Iselin, executive director of Sun Valley Adaptive Sports, an organization that seeks to improve the lives of people with disabilities through sports and recreation. “The injury the size of a pin can cause you not to see, hear or effect your motor skills.”

Soldier reaches out to Veterans suffering from PTSD
Overwrought with the feeling that he was actually responsible for traumatic events, which he later realized he had no control over, Rhodes was preparing to kill himself in April 2007, he said.
“I’ve got all kinds awards and medals, you name it. You’d think I’m invincible, but I’m human,” Rhodes said.
“I was a walking zombie ready to die.”
Somehow, a single thought of reaching out to a friend interrupted the barrage of thoughts that he had no reason to live. That thought saved his life…

Horse Clinic Helps Soldiers with PTSD
A South Georgia clinic designed to help soldiers cope with post-traumatic stress disorder is now up and running.The Hopes and Dreams Horse Clinic in Brooks County held its first-ever retreat over the weekend. 16 soldiers who suffer from PTSD brought their families to the farm to ride, rope, and groom the horses.
Organizers say the interaction helps rehabilitate the troops.

Wounded Troops Muster for Action
“It’s a blast,” said Petersen, 28. “It makes me smile like I’m a little kid.”
She is one of 64 veterans making the rounds of five sports venues in the region this week to try track and field, cycling, kayaking, sailing and surfing. Twenty participants are from San Diego County.
It’s part of a strategy employed in recent years by the military and VA medical systems: Use sports to motivate service members and veterans trying to recover from combat or noncombat wounds.

How Does Stress Of War Affect Military Families?
When the tour of duty is over, some veterans find the battle to regain their normal lives has just begun. The KPBS series “War Comes Home,” focuses on the challenges that face veterans and their families as these former warriors transition into civilian life.

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