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Healing the Invisible Wounds of War


General Urges Servicemembers to Seek Help for Stress Disorder

WASHINGTON, April 6, 2009 — Army Brig. Gen. Gary S. Patton, personnel director for the Joint Staff, is trying to get servicemembers to seek mental health treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder in the best way he knows how -- by telling of his own problems after returning from Iraq. Story

Father, Son Share Insights On Service-related Stress

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2009 — Rich Glasgow and his son, Robert, served in different military services at different times, but they know what it’s like to deal with the same psychological enemy. And both have recommendations for the military. Story

Post-Combat Coping Methods Vary, Troops Say

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2008 — The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury hosted the "Warrior Resilience Conference: Partnership with the Line." Combat veterans who spoke at the conference described a range of effects and needs in becoming resilient. Story

National Mental Health Groups Sign on To Help Troops, Families

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 10, 2008 — Four major U.S. mental health groups have joined the network of professionals who donate an hour of their time each week to provide free mental health services to servicemembers and their families. Story

Pentagon Examines New Treatments for Warriors' Psychological Care

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2008 — The Defense Department is investigating new treatments as part of a focused, sustained campaign to assist wounded warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, a senior U.S. military official told Pentagon journalists recently. Story

Gates Lauds Improvements in Wounded Warrior Care

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2008 — About $900 million in resources have been earmarked for treatment and research of servicemembers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said, and the Defense Department will establish a Center for Excellence at Bethesda, Md., that will specialize in research and development in finding new treatments for PTSD and TBI. Story

Army to Assess Soldiers' Emotional, Mental Fitness

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2008 — The Army has launched an initiative to include soldiers’ mental and emotional fitness, along with their physical form, as a comprehensive assessment of troop health. A driving force behind the creation of the wider-ranging appraisal is the high rate of post-traumatic stress disorder, with 20 percent of combat forces returning from Iraq and Afghanistan reporting symptoms, said Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Rhonda Cornum, the Army's assistant surgeon general for force projection. Story

Servicemembers Get Free National Depression Screening Day Evaluations

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2008 — Servicemembers, retirees and their family members are getting free, anonymous screenings for depression and other mental-health-related issues at military bases nationwide during National Screening for Depression Day today. Story

Chairman Reaffirms Commitment to Health Care for Veterans

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20, 2008 — As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen worries a great deal about the systems in place for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans transitioning out of the military, he said today during a visit with health care providers and social workers at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System here. Story