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New PTSD study identifies potential path to treatment

By Bill Hathaway:  A study of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—conducted by the VA National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD), National PTSD Brain Bank, and Yale University—has identified a new potential mechanism contributing to the biology of the disorder that may be targeted by future treatments. Read more here: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-07-ptsd-potential-path-treatment.html

PTSD and Sleep

The VA has issued a report concerning sleep problems in Veterans with PTSD. Beyond being a symptom of PTSD, the sleep problems usually evolve into independent disorders that are also associated with significant distress and impairment, including an increased risk for suicidality.  Read more here:  http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/newsletters/research-quarterly/V27N4.pdf

What if PTSD is More Physical than Psychological?

A new study supports what a small group of military researchers has suspected for decades: that modern warfare destroys the brain.  Read more here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/magazine/what-if-ptsd-is-more-physical-than-psychological.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share&_r=0

Veterans with ‘bad paper’ discharges seek help from Congress

By Martin C. Evans: A bill, introduced last June by Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), would require Defense Department panels that evaluate a veteran’s request to prove that PTSD or traumatic brain injury were not the reason for the veteran’s discharge. The proposed legislation is gaining support in Congress, including from members of Long Island’s delegation.  “It’s -->

Veterans Advocates: Care Still Backlogged, Bleeding Money

by Sean Piccoli:   A damning new internal report that the Department of Veterans Affairs misspends $6 billion annually is more proof of the agency’s continuing failure to deliver reliable healthcare to military service members in need, two veterans advocates told Newsmax TV  on Monday.  “We’ve got a big problem here,” Bruce Landsberg, president of the -->

Vets get zapped to ease PTSD, and no one really knows why it works

Many veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI have opted for MRT(Magnetic Resonance Therapy) or “brain zapping” as the veterans refer to it, and found that they have worked.  The unproven procedure is offered at the Brain Treatment Center, located in an unremarkable office park, free of charge to former servicemembers. The veterans exit telling of a -->

VA sued over PTSD claims related to sexual assault

By Jennifer Hlad, Stars & Stripes:  Two veterans organizations are suing the Department of Veterans Affairs in an effort to force the VA to ease the evidentiary burden veterans must meet to qualify for disability from post-traumatic stress related to military sexual assault. The Service Women’s Action Network and Vietnam Veterans of America filed suit -->

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, -->

Brain Injury May More Than Double Risk of Dementia in Older Veterans

AAIC Press Release: PARIS, July 18, 2011 – Older veterans who experienced traumatic brain injury showed a more than two-fold increase in the risk of developing dementia, according to new research presented today at the Alzheimer’s Association® International Conference 2011 (AAIC 2011) in Paris. Another study reported at AAIC 2011 looked at former American (NFL) -->

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 -->

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In furtherance of our firm’s culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP