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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…

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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Epilepsy in Severe Head Trauma Cases: Understanding the Stats

For both veterans (and the family members or caregivers who are with them), the number of warning flags about possible conditions can be both scary and daunting.  Maybe it’s our heightened awareness and a tendency to worry or think of the worst possible consequences.  While WarRetreat is mainly about finding things that bring people relief, we…

Relatable: Silver Linings Playbook

The crisis always seems to happen at 4 AM. The neighbors never ask directly, but talk about you and your family anyway.  Of course, there is the usual mix of things that don’t obviously go together –football, your shrink, and ball room dancing. Many military families will recognize these scenarios, and so it is on…

Thanksgiving: A War Widow On The Path Of Gratitude

WarRetreat is proud to share the words of a Marine Widow, Karie Fugett. After two tours in Iraq, Jimmy “Cleve” Kinsey came home with serious physical wounds,  PTSD and TBI. A young bride, Karie spent “the next four years in hospitals and hotel rooms,” as she accompanied her husband from treatment to treatment. He died…