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Study Links Traumatic Brain Injury to PTSD

From Stars and Stripes: “Traumatic brain injuries during deployments appear to increase the risk of troops experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder after returning home, according to Department of Veterans Affairs-sponsored research published Wednesday. In some cases, a servicemembers’ chance of acquiring PTSD was doubled by serious head or brain injuries suffered while deployed, the study in…

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Jamie Summerlin To Run 101 Miles for Wounded Warriors

Jamie Summerlin, a former Marine, won’t have a quiet post-Christmas day. Instead, Summerlin will run 101 miles from Shepherdstown West Virginia, to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis MD for the Military Bowl football game. The goal?  To raise awareness about the lives of wounded warriors, and to gain donations for a community-based organization in…

What would you do if the man you loved, the man you wanted to grow old with, the man who made you laugh, who made you smile, who made you feel special…changed?  By change I mean, “very empty, angry, depressed, explosive, and rather unpredictable.”

My Insane Life as a Marine Wife

My Insane Life as a Marine Wife: A Conversation with the Founder of an Online Support Network What would you do if the man you loved, the man you wanted to grow old with, the man who made you laugh, who made you smile, who made you feel special…changed?  By change I mean, “very empty,…

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Study: Mental Health Gains for Veterans Assisted By Nature

Press Release: Sierra Club, University of Michigan Study of Veterans finds link between outdoor activities and improved mental health Thursday, July 25, 2013 Contact: Rebecca Silver, 646-461-9831, Rebecca.Silver@Sierraclub.org SAN FRANCISCO – According to the results of a new study from the University of Michigan, commissioned by the Sierra Club, veterans participating in outdoor group recreation reported…

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Loaded words: Is contagious the right word for PTSD?

It’s no secret that the effects of PTSD are felt among family and friends. The agitation, hyper-awareness, lows and highs are taken in by everyone around the person with PTSD. “Kateri’s eight-year-old son now also counts the exits in new spaces he enters, points them out to his loved ones, keeps a mental map of…

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How Trauma Affects Your Body & Mind

“If you have experienced a trauma it can be like having stared directly at the sun. Even after you look away the glare seems everywhere and prevents you from seeing things clearly. It can keep you from even opening your eyes at all for a while…” Rosenbloom & William, 1999, p.6 The Headington Institute in…

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LA Times: Healing Sgt Warren

“He isn’t sure he will return for another session with Schulte. Then he thinks: What’s the alternative? Pills, pot, blackout drinking. A lifetime of hiding in his darkened apartment?” An engrossing, but difficult story well done by Christopher Goffard in the LA Times about the on-going healing process of Sgt Jonathan Warren. Though the process…