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This video was made to give viewers a better understanding of the mental issues returning veterans have to deal with as they try to assimilate into civilian life.
http://corksphere.blogspot.com/2010/05/ptsd-what-happens-after-war-live-video.htmlThis video was made to give viewers a better understanding of the mental issues... more
This is a must see video for everyone who has a family member in the military. Produced by PBS' Frontline, "The Wounded Platoon" explores the problems members of platoon have with mental health issues and PTSD after serving in the war.
http://corksphere.blogspot.com/2010/05/must-see-video-wounded-platoon-pbs.htmlThis is a must see video for everyone who has a family member in the military.... more
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE of Federal and “Case Law” not known to the average person which prevents eviction of “Disabled-Tenants” who request “reasonable accommodation” in eviction when their Landlord is evicting them because of their “Disability.” This rule of law applies to all Disabilities whether Physical or Mental such as Major Depressive Disorder (Depression, Bi-Polar), PTSD, and Anxiety Disorder, etc.Of course the Tenant’s rent must be up-to-date, or if not up-to-date “Lawfully Withheld” from the Landlord for the Landlord’s failure to comply with Local or State Housing Codes such as not repairing or providing heat, or not repairing broken doors and plumbing for example. Read the “Landlord’s Obligations” under the Landlord and Tenant Act in Your home State.
This Federal or Case Law applies to both Private and Public Housing providers. However, it may not apply to Housing Providers with less than 5 Units such as someone renting you a room in their home or when you rent an apartment in a duplex or triplex.
Disabled Veterans who cannot afford an Attorney should contact their nearest Legal Aid Office or other Non-Profit Legal Organizations in their area for Free Legal Advice and Representation in Court, and to file in Federal or State Court for a “Court Order” temporarily or permanently stopping the eviction.
To read about these Federal and Case Laws go to:
http://www.bazelon.org/issues/housing/infosheets/fhinfosheet8.htmlPLEASE TAKE NOTICE of Federal and “Case Law” not known to the average... more
Sadly, few understand suicide. To help change this, the author has written this essay. To learn more, please click on the title.
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-46917-Transgender-and-Transsexual-Issues-Examiner~y2010m5d10-Suicide-an-indepth-lookSadly, few understand suicide. To help change this, the author has written this... more
Troubling new data has revealed that there are an average of 950 suicide attempts each month by veterans who are receiving some type of treatment from the Veterans Affairs Department.
Seven percent of the attempts are successful, and 11 percent of those who don’t succeed on the first attempt try again within nine months.
The numbers show about 18 veteran suicides a day, about five by veterans who are receiving VA care.Troubling new data has revealed that there are an average of 950 suicide attempts each... more
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is claiming more and more combat troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. In this video, you will see combat troops discuss PTSD.
http://www.zimbio.com/Post-traumatic+stress+disorders/articles/VXw3GXisN3m/MUST+SEE+VIDEO+COMBAT+TROOPS+TALK+RISING+PTSDPTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is claiming more and more combat troops from... more
"Out of two million US soldiers who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, psychiatrists estimate that one in three may, at some point, develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
PTSD is a ticking time bomb with a decades-long fuse - a problem whose true magnitude is difficult to determine.
After years of denial, the US army is only now coming to terms with how to address this problem.
The war within: PTSD in the military addresses the US army's HR dilemma and features the stories of those who have had to come to terms with the physical and psychological wounds suffered from fighting a war that is increasingly unpopular in their home country and around the world.
It is the story of five American soldiers stricken with PTSD. One is on trial for murder, two committed suicide, two others are still in the army, struggling to get treatment.""Out of two million US soldiers who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq,... more
Virtual Iraq was originally adapted from the video game "Full Spectrum Warrior" and is credited to Dr Albert "Skip" Rizzo, a clinical psychologist from the University of Southern California. The system is available for both research and clinical use. Virtual Iraq is a form of virtual reality exposure therapy; the patient is virtually exposed to stimuli to allow them to face the traumatic experience that led to their PTSD.Virtual Iraq was originally adapted from the video game "Full Spectrum... more
An interview with Dr David Bennett of Trauma Centre UK by Dr Caroline Wilkins (Bereavement Rescue). Topics include trauma consequences of natural disasters versus manmade tragedy, the need for immediate intervention to prevent long term effects of trauma.An interview with Dr David Bennett of Trauma Centre UK by Dr Caroline Wilkins... more
Virtual Iraq was originally adapted from the video game “Full Spectrum Warrior” and is credited to Dr Albert “Skip” Rizzo, a clinical psychologist from the University of Southern California. The system is available for both research and clinical use. Virtual Iraq is a form of virtual reality exposure therapy; the patient is virtually exposed to stimuli to allow them to face the traumatic experience that led to their PTSD.Virtual Iraq was originally adapted from the video game “Full Spectrum... more
Veteran with PTSD: "I don't feel comfortable at home anymore. My threat tolerance and response to perceived threats is so finely tuned that I felt safer in Iraq. "
Editor’s Note: A former Marine re-ups 24 years after his discharge and volunteers for four consecutive combat tours. Now he’s at home fighting the war within. “Anonymous” wrote this for the Veterans Workshop, a New America Media writing project for combat veterans.
Since Iraq, I might go several days without sleep. It's hard to function like that. When I do sleep, I often wake up after a bad dream and all I want to do is put on my gear, grab my weapon and hurt someone. On nights like that I can never fall back asleep.
I was in Iraq for almost 40 months straight, so long that all of my neighbors at home moved away. I came home with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). What follows are some of the thoughts that have been bouncing around in my head since my return. But it’s hard to focus. TBI can do that to a person.
I joined the Marines in 1977 and served in the infantry until I got out in 1981. I went to work for a major transportation company, eventually rising to a management position. But as I saw the war in Iraq dragging on, I decided in 2005 to re-enlist. I was too old at 46 to get back into the Marine Corps, but with a waiver I was able to join the Army National Guard.
I volunteered for the next unit deploying to Iraq, and reached the combat zone in late 2005. I knew that I was filling a slot, and I hoped that because I had deployed that a soldier who did not want to go to Iraq was able to stay home with his family. I felt that I was contributing more in Iraq than I had during the previous 24 years as a civilian. I truly enjoyed being in Iraq and doing an important and dangerous job.
I volunteered to stay in Iraq for four consecutive tours. I stayed because I felt that I was doing something worthwhile, regardless of the politics of the war. I felt that the younger soldiers deserved experienced leaders. I knew that they needed someone who would stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them by choice, not because he was ordered to. I know that I had a positive impact on the soldiers in all of the units that I served with.
I stayed in Iraq because I knew that I was good at my job. I enjoy the infantry, the core fighting unit of any armed force. Not everyone can handle the conditions we suffer and the environment we operate in. Infantrymen share a brotherhood and pride that excludes other units.
And I stayed in Iraq because I adjusted so well to the environment there that I did not want to come home.
(more @ link)Veteran with PTSD: "I don't feel comfortable at home anymore. My threat... more
With a military health care system over-stretched by two ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, more soldiers are deciding to go absent without leave (AWOL) in order to find treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
(read all about it by clicking on the link)With a military health care system over-stretched by two ongoing wars in Afghanistan... more
Kernan Manion, a psychiatrist who was hired last January to treat Marines returning from war who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other acute mental health problems borne from their deployments, fears more soldier-on-soldier violence without radical changes in the current soldier health care system.
Working for a personnel-recruiting company which was contracted by the Defence Department at Camp Lejeune, Manion became alarmed at the military’s inability to give sufficient treatment to returning soldiers. He was also concerned by their reports of outright abuse meted out by some commanders against lower-ranking soldiers who sought help.
Manion told IPS that last April two Marines urgently sought his help soon after the clinic opened at 7am. They told him, "One of these guys is liable to come back [from Iraq or Afghanistan] with a loaded weapon and open fire."
(more at link)Kernan Manion, a psychiatrist who was hired last January to treat Marines returning... more
Humans have a six-hour window of opportunity when fearful memories can potentially be erased, a study says...A New York University team was able effectively to neutralise fearful memories by acting within six hours. They hope their work, reported in Nature, will ultimately help those with disorders like post-traumatic stress.
(BBC, 2009, December 10, para. Intro, 2-3)
In the study, the volunteers were wired up to electrodes and given a shock each time they were shown a picture of differently coloured squares to make them fearful of the image - which they did....
Check out the story at the link:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8401134.stmHumans have a six-hour window of opportunity when fearful memories can potentially be... more
"Everyone else just sat down there and drunk their beer and looked at him and giggled at him," the woman said, starting to cry. "They just would laugh at him when he walked down with his Muslim clothes. . . . He was mistreated. He didn't have nobody. He was all alone. He went to his apartment there and was all alone."
The pervasive racism toward Muslims in the military is obviously at the heart of why Nidal Malik Hasan went to the breaking point. This is all too familiar as we have seen with the kids at Columbine.
"In mid-August, just a few weeks after moving to Killeen, Hasan had a run-in with a soldier living in apartment No. 12. One night after he had been drinking, John Van de Walker scraped a key along the full length of the passenger's side of Hasan's car. Then he removed and destroyed a bumper sticker that read, 'Allah is Love,' according to several residents, including live-in managers John and Alice Thompson."
The U.S. military has a long standing policy of racism toward the peoples of countries we are "at war with" (See http://current.com/items/90486086_the-u-s-military-has-a-racist-genocidal-policy-toward-all-hodgies.htm). It is standard procedure to dehumanize these foreign populations so that soldiers can more easily deal with the rampant death of innocent people that they see in war. I use the term racism loosely here as it actually applies to the Muslim religion. But few make the distinction between the Muslim religion and Arab ethnicity.
Hasan was known to his comrades in his apartment complex as "number 9", a reference to his apartment number. Many are calling him a terrorist because he is a Muslim, and in the context of the wars against Muslim nations that we are engaged in. Has Tim McVeigh ever been called a terrorist? Perhaps. But that hasn't given white middle-state Americans the stigma of terrorism.
I think Hasan has a lot more in common with Timothy McVeigh than he does with Muslim terrorists in Afghanistan. They are (or were) both U.S. military members who were disgruntled enough with the military to retaliate and kill innocent victims.
Every religion has the concept that people should not kill. We don't know for sure and probably never will, but in addition to be driven to the brink by the incessant tormenting he suffered, I believe it was this devotion to his religion that may have lead him to open fire upon deploying troops to an unjust war that dehumanizes and kills the innocent as a matter of policy. But that is purely my conjecture in trying to explain the unexplainable.
Killing is not justified in civilian life or even in war when the innocent die. But this may help to explain what happened, why it happened, how it might have been prevented, and could be prevented in the future.
The BBC reports that Hasan had long wanted to leave the military due to suffering harassment because of his religion, and that many Muslims in the U.S. military suffer harassment and this shooting has raised fears among them. The reports states the following:
According to the Pentagon, there are 3,572 Muslims in active service. However, some Muslims in the military say the real number is as high as 20,000.
The US government has made no secret of the fact that it would like to see more people from Arab and Muslim communities joining the armed forces.
More American Muslim troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan has long been seen as a vital part in helping the US in its missions to win hearts and minds in those countries.
"They are a great asset to the army," Lt Col Nathan Banks, army spokesman for the Pentagon, told the BBC.
"When they do deploy they help facilitate a lot of our missions. American Muslims in the army work hand in hand with local Muslims, and we welcome that."
He said the army did not foresee heightened tensions within its ranks as a result of Fort Hood.
Meanwhile tensions have risen sharply around the country, as we see on internet posts like this one, where many accuse Hasan of being a terrorist, sympathetic to the Muslims we fight against. This BBC article also reports that Muslims in the U.S. military now have a growing fear of harassment as a result. It's obviously very hard for people to distinguish between Muslims in general (including those in our own military) and the Muslims we fight as members of the Taliban or Al Qaeda.
See the BBC article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8347586.stm"Everyone else just sat down there and drunk their beer and looked at him and... more
Inside LSD....New documentary on the latest important research studies on LSD's therapeutic benefits.Excellent new documentary from National Geographic (yes you heard that right) on the latest research on the therapeutic benefits of LSD.
LSDs inventor Albert Hofmann called it "medicine for the soul." The Beatles wrote songs about it. Secret military mind control experiments exploited its hallucinogenic powers. Outlawed in 1966, LSD became a street drug and developed a reputation as the dangerous toy of the counterculture, capable of inspiring either moments of genius, or a descent into madness. Now science is taking a fresh look at LSD, including the first human trials in over 35 years. Using enhanced brain imaging, non-hallucinogenic versions of the drug and information from an underground network of test subjects who suffer from an agonizing condition for which there is no cure, researchers are finding that this "trippy" drug could become the pharmaceutical of the future. Can it enhance our brain power, expand our creativity and cure disease? To find out, Explorer puts LSD under the microscope.Excellent new documentary from National Geographic (yes you heard that right) on the... more
– American children whose parents use spanking for discipline have lower IQs than those who aren't spanked, a new study finds. Researchers assessed about 800 2- to 4-year-olds and 700 5- to 9-year-olds and revisited them 4 years later, reporting a dropoff of up to 5 IQ points in kids whose parents engaged in corporal punishment, the Los Angeles Times reports. “The more spanking, the slower the development of the child's mental ability," the lead researcher says. "But even small amounts of spanking made a difference."
The study also found that the populations in countries where spanking is common have lower IQs than in more hands-off nations. The researcher suggests the cause of the disparity is the emotional effect of spanking: It can cause PTSD, which in turn is linked to lower IQ. The US should consider the public health ramifications of spanking, he says, “and eventually enact federal no-spanking legislation.”
* * * * * Past posts on this subject have drawn a lot of discussion. Do these findings affect your opinion? Mine is, I would never hit my dog because he trust me not to hurt him. Why would I hit my child?– American children whose parents use spanking for discipline have lower IQs... more
Millions of innocent Iraqi and Afghan civilians and have died at the hands of the United States in it's preemptive illegal racist genocidal wars. The U.S does not protect our freedom. It endangers our freedom with these wars that proliferate terrorism by motivating more to become terrorists bend on a rightful retaliation against the U.S., just as our own citizens would avenge the deaths of our families at the hands of a racist military occupation that continues to this day at a cost of $750,000 per troop per year in Afghanistan alone.
Some may have served with honor, or at least had that intent. Most did not and do not. They are part of a racist warmongering military with the sole purpose of making profit for the military industrial complex including the oil industry that values ownership of Afghanistan and Iraq.
http://rethinkafghanistan.comMillions of innocent Iraqi and Afghan civilians and have died at the hands of the... more