Tag Archives: Iraq Veterans

Veterans can find help through crisis line

By MARY WICOFF  Commercial-News, Danville, Ill. Published: October 7, 2012 DANVILLE — Veterans in crisis no longer have to keep the problem a secret — especially if it’s something life-threatening, such as thoughts of suicide. “We’re here. We’re proactive,” said Natalie … Continue reading

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Sergeant carried his secret anguish home

From the Leaf-Chronicle by Philip Grey CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — Sgt. Justin Junkin came home from Afghanistan to his wife and infant daughter in May 2011, carrying his weapon, his gear and a bomb inside his head. The secret that he brought … Continue reading

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VCS ED on PRI’s “To the Point”

Yesterday VCS Executive Director Patrick Bellon was on Public Radio International’s “To the Point” with Warren Olney.  Also on the program were Jim Dao of the New York Times and Under Secretary for Benefits Alison Hickey. The topic was the … Continue reading

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SMA on suicide: ‘It’s okay to seek help’

SMA Chandler frankly discusses his own issues.  From usamy.mil By David Vergun  Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, tells Soldiers thinking about suicide that it’s OK to ask for help. He also discussed his own behavioral health … Continue reading

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Scores of recent Texas war veterans have died of overdoses, suicide and vehicle crashes, investigation finds

By American-Statesman Investigative Team They survived the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. But they did not survive the homecoming. A six-month American-Statesman investigation, which paints the most complete picture yet of what happened to Texas’ Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who … Continue reading

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VA processing claims at record pace, but still can’t keep up

From Stars and Stripes By Leo Shane III WASHINGTON – Veterans Benefits Administration processors completed more benefits claims than ever before last month, wrapping up work on a record 107,462 cases. The agency also announced that it topped 1 million … Continue reading

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Army stands down Thursday to focus on suicide prevention

From the Washington Post By Steve Vogel The Army is holding a servicewide stand-down Thursday for a day of mandatory training aimed at combating record numbers of suicides among active-duty troops. The stand-down was ordered by Army Vice Chief of … Continue reading

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For Veterans, a Surge of New Treatments for Trauma

From NYT.com By TINA ROSENBERG Fixes looks at solutions to social problems and why they work. TAGS: MENTAL HEALTH, PTSD, VETERANS Suicide is now the leading cause of death in the army. More soldiers die by suicide than in combat … Continue reading

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