Tag Archives: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Federal appeals court grants new chance for military widow in VA lawsuit

By Scott Walter Eiswert: The case of a military widow whose husband committed suicide after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs misdiagnosed his post-traumatic stress disorder is testing Tennessee’s stringent medical malpractice laws and highlighting what a federal judge called the laws’ “seemingly unfair” results. Read more here: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/crime-courts/federal-appeals-court-grants-new-chance-for-military-widow-in-va-lawsuit-2ae1ec4a-6f8b-3062-e053-010-367592911.html

After years VA now considering PTSD as factor in discharges

By David O’Reilly:  Thanks to a federal lawsuit brought last year on behalf of five Connecticut veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in September 2014, ordered all discharge review boards to give “liberal consideration” to applicants with claims of combat-related PTSD.  Last week, Yale Law School’s Veterans Legal Services -->

New survey finds significant number of veterans with PTSD and TBI

A new survey of 23,000 injured service members finds post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are two of the biggest mental health issues facing veterans right now. Perhaps the most significant finding is more than three in four wounded veterans are dealing with PTSD.  Wounded Warrior Project estimates at least 400,000 service members -->

Blinded veterans say not enough research money goes toward vision injuries

By Mark Roth: Even though eye wounds are the second most common combat injury in recent years behind hearing loss, a disproportionate amount of research money goes to prosthetics for soldiers who have lost limbs and studies on traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, said Mr. Zampieri, a board member of the Blind Veterans Association in Washington -->

Researchers: PTSD is factor in troop, vet violence

By Patricia Kime: New research indicates that post-traumatic stress disorder is a common factor in violent acts committed by troops and veterans, but the same study shows that other factors also are usually in play.  That gives mental health and primary care physicians the opportunity to identify those who may be at risk and keep them -->

Special courts take on criminal cases of veterans struggling with trauma

PBS Newshour, by GWEN IFILL: The number of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, continues to grow. And as some get into trouble with the law, special veterans courts are finding different ways to deal with them.  Read article here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/special-courts-take-criminal-cases-veterans-struggling-trauma/  

Combat Troops in Iraq Talk About PTSD

by Tim King (SALEM, Ore.) – Hundreds of thousands of American combat veterans are victims of the effects of combat and war. The symptoms of PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, are wide ranging. The current conflicts continue to generate PTSD in our troops, and they join the ranks of veterans of the Persian Gulf War, -->

Secretary Shinseki Announces an Additional $10.3 Million to Help Eliminate Veterans Homelessness

WASHINGTON – Eleven states will share more than $10.3 million in grants to community groups to provide enhanced services for homeless Veterans this year. This is in addition to the $59.5 million in preventive grants awarded earlier this year. “Homelessness is a national issue that will be solved at the local level,” said Secretary of -->

PTSD Hurdle Harder For Women

Women returning from service in Afghanistan and Iraq have been faced with difficulty in obtaining support for PTSD from the VA. Because women technically serve in combat support roles, its harder for them to substantiate claims of PTSD. When claiming PTSD, veterans must point to a trigger or series of triggers. Although men and women -->