Monthly Archives: June 2012

Mental health group urges increased assistance for military, families

By Farah Mohamed | McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — A new report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness said the government needs to fill the gaps in mental health coverage for America’s soldiers and veterans, who – along with their families … Continue reading

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70 years gone, Montford Point Marines get their due

Only about 120 of the nearly 20,000 African Americans who trained at the segregated Montford Point in Camp Lejeune are still alive. They will be honored with the Congressional Gold medal. | Shawn Rocco/Raleigh News and Observer/MCT MORE ON THIS … Continue reading

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A matter of degrees: VA finally opens doors to licensed counselors

By LEO SHANE III Stars and Stripes Published: June 27, 2012 WASHINGTON — John Emmons works as a mental health specialist for the Army in Afghanistan, but he can’t get a job doing the same work for the Department of Veterans … Continue reading

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Capitol Hill PTSD awareness event highlights struggles, triumphs

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 27, 2012) — Army wife Kristina Kaufmann knows the severity of post-traumatic stress disorder. She has lost three friends to suicide because of it. But she also knows the power she has to help stop … Continue reading

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After Court Settlement, VA Takes Over GIBill.com and Other Sites

From VA’s blog June 27, 2012 by Alex Horton In a legal win for Veterans, VA is taking control of the formerly privately-owned website GIBill.com. This means Veterans will be better protected against deceptive marketing practices launched by businesses eager to cash … Continue reading

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For-profit schools cash in on the GI Bill

By Aaron Smith @CNNMoney June 26, 2012: 10:46 AM ET   Veterans are the intended beneficiaries of the post-9/11 GI Bill, but for-profit private schools are raking in hundreds of millions of dollars from the government. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The GI … Continue reading

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Many men suffer with mental illnesses, avoid seeking help because of social stigma

By  Ben SutherlyThe Columbus Dispatch In February 2010, Christopher Shackelford’s life seemed to be getting back on track. After the Columbus man had major surgery for Crohn’s disease, an inflammation of the bowels, his physical health improved. He enrolled at Franklin … Continue reading

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We must attend to veterans mental health needs

From the Arizona Republic by Sharon M. Helman During June, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the nation recognize national PTSD Awareness Month. We are taking time to focus on post-traumatic stress disorder and the other mental-health needs of our … Continue reading

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