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Back Home: Army sergeant joins ‘healing side of the fight’

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Army Sgt. Sean Simmons lost four soldiers from his Green Beret unit during operations in Afghanistan and saw another 20 suffer injuries such as head traumas, loss of limbs and wounds so debilitating that they were sent home. When Simmons … Continue reading

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Fixing backlog of claims at Veterans Affairs is ‘taking too long,’ Utah veteran says

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When Ike Hall got out of the Army, he waited about nine months for the Department of Veterans Affairs to agree that he’d been permanently disabled in the Iraq war. It felt like forever – which is why Hall has joined a campaign to press the federal government to do better with the current backlog. Continue reading

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On 10th anniversary of invasion of Iraq, Fox company’s ‘Saints and Sinners’ count the cost

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It took years, anger severe enough to doom his marriage, and a recurring nightmare for Nick Lopez to acknowledge what the ground invasion of Iraq, which began on March 19, 2003, had cost him. Continue reading

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General foresees end to grim rise in Army suicides

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Army suicides are still increasing, but the four-star general who has been at the forefront of seeking solutions, Lloyd J. Austin III, says he thinks a turnaround is in sight. Continue reading

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VA added 1,000 mental health professionals to staff, has more to do

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The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it has added more than 1,000 mental health professionals and 200 support staff over the past eight months to meet the needs of returning veterans, but still has more to do to meet the requirements of an executive order issued by President Barack Obama. Continue reading

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Top reporting on mental trauma and the U.S. military

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ProPublica compiled some of the best journalism on the mental traumas faced by a generation of service men and women, and the U.S. military’s struggle to treat them. Continue reading

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Colorado veteran: Yoga for Vets can ‘help find a sense of calm’

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Clay, a University of Colorado senior and Army veteran, joined a Yoga for Vets class to help him cope with stress. “The most enlightening thing I’ve discovered,” he said, “is that the only thing we can control in our lives is our breath.” Continue reading

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PTSD, burn pits, unemployment, suicide risk: Veterans battling myriad challenges

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When Anthony Vidales walked out of a lie detector test as part of his application process at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, he wanted to cry. He failed, he said, due to his irregular breathing from burn pit exposure in Iraq. As he battles unemployment and negative stereotypes about veterans, he’s also challenged by PTSD. Continue reading

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Experiencing assault a possible risk factor for military suicide

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Military members who are raped or assaulted are much more likely to think about or attempt suicide, according to new research by the National Center for Veterans Studies. Continue reading

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Faith leaders training to help with moral injury among veterans

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Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock has devoted years to tending the spiritual wounds of warriors, seeking theological answers to the condition among veterans called “moral injury.” Continue reading

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