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I’ve recently discovered two vets writing with great honesty, clarity and strength about their PTSD experience. PTSD Honored with Dishonor is written by an American Desert Storm Navy vet. He is determined to beat PTSD. About healing he writes: Before you are ready to start something like this, you need to get in touch with your absolute desire to be something different. Not a victim, but that confident and strong person that doesn’t accept defeat. I am currently making the transformation from victim to victor!
Oedipus Lex is written by an Army vet from across the pond in England. He brings up the interesting point: We are scared of yet scarred as a society by mental health issues, depression is still a taboo and this is magnified further with PTSD as it is something we don’t understand and it scares us.
Whether you are a civilian or a vet you have to hear and appreciate the strength of these men facing what needs to be faced and doing what needs to be done.
The rest of this week’s news is full of interesting stories about trauma and memory, facts & stats about mental illness, how war affects military families, plus a slew of pieces about new programs and initiatives to help vets heal.
Less Than 1/3 of Adults with Mental Illness Will Get Help in 2009 - One in four Americans over the age of 18 experience a mental health disorder in any given year, but a significant number go untreated, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which is observing Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), Oct. 4-10, 2009.
Researchers Unravel Brain’s Wire to Understand Memory - The work is shedding new light on how the brain handles memory storage, loss, fear, addiction and aging. The brain responds to life experiences by adjusting the strength of individual synapses and by changing the pattern of connections between neurons. Scientists say this “plasticity” of the brain is the key to how animals and people learn, remember and forget.
New Orleans Mental Health Much Worse Than Before Katrina - Almost nine months into 2009, at least 219 New Orleanians have attempted to take their own lives; 47 of them have succeeded. The number and rate of suicides is higher than previous years and approaches twice the national rate.
500 Mile March for PTSD - The march will raise funds for our hour-long television documentary on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly known as PTSD.
For the Wounded, One Last Mission - Some soldiers are returning to the places where they were wounded in Iraq under a program that aims to speed their recovery and close a painful chapter in their lives.
Veterans Healing Initiative - Formed by Margaret Stone and James L. Abernathy, VHI’s core mission is to raise funds for veterans who need treatment for Addiction and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and help them begin to heal the war within.
Iraq War Vets Recieve HBO Treatment for Brain Injuries - Raymond Cralle believes that his extensive studies and 38 years of experience as a physical therapist support the validity of this life-saving treatment that saturates oxygen-deprived tissues with up to 10 times the amount of oxygen our bodies inhale and absorb, thus exponentially increasing the life-giving energy necessary to revive dying cells.
Fly-fishing becomes Therapy for Vets - Project Healing Waters: It’s fly fishing, but that’s not all; for disabled active duty military personnel and veterans, it’s an effective therapy both physically and emotionally.
Military Update: Strain of 8 Years of War Beginning to Show - Kammerdiener told the forum, “It’s a very sad thing that this country - your Army or your VA or whatever - has let us down so incredibly. I am asking you to step up to the plate and take care of somebody who went over there and did what you asked him to do.”
Changes Could Put PTSD Claims in the Fast Lane - Under a proposed change recently published in the Federal Register, VA would eliminate a requirement that in order to be approved for disability benefits for PTSD, veterans must provide evidence to prove they witnessed or experienced a traumatic event linked to their military service, to include eyewitness corroboration and other documentation.