TBI

Valley Forge Village

This comes from Nadia McCaffery who's son Patrick was killed in Iraq. Her campaign to Honor her son, and all that serve:

Patrick McCaffrey Foundation

Sgt Patrick Ryan McCaffrey May 26 1970 * June 22 2004

 

In Central Minnesota, there is a 244 acre facility with a history of providing healing and training to those in need. For ten years, it has been waiting for a new vision. Valley Forge Village is a vision of a place of peace and beauty for Veterans to heal. Either alone or with their families, they can allow the spirit of nature to soothe and heal, while learning new training skills in a rapidly changing workplace. We desperately need funding to keep this vision alive. Please visit us at Valley Forge Center for more information and/or to make a donation.

Military,VA and PTSD Around the Country: Vets Urged To Seek Treatment

A number of reports have sprung up in the last few days following the very tragic shooting by one soldier in killing five of his fellow soldiers at an in country military stress clinic, of which he himself was receiving care.

 

Military training alone starts the process of the change needed from how most are brought up and what they are taught and told to be able to serve and defend, if needed, this country.

 

Place these now trained soldiers in a War Zone creating the Occupation of same lasting many years and now in these times many tours being served and not only in one but two and for many the stress of war, what they experience, their individual incidents, what they see, feel, and just know, is overwelming!

 

They aren't the only ones, think of those who live in these occupied countries! It also isn't only a war that creates the traumatic nightmares, individuals that experience trauma in theirs lives also can suffer, most silently, from those traumas!

 

Below is a number of recent reports, this subject should have been takin seriously many years ago after finally realizing what War and Trauma can do to a Human Being!

 

In Their Boots: Fractured Minds

Promoted. Originally posted 2009-04-25 06:33:43 -0500. -- GH

Four soldiers navigate the difficult path to recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI), the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Season 2, Episode 2: In Their Boots: Fractured Minds

 

 

Related Organizations

Disabled American Veterans

TIRR Foundation / Project Victory

Wounded Warrior Project

HomePage, In Their Boots: Watch the first and second episodes of this years series, second is the one above. And watch the episodes from last year at the site, as well as all the referring links for veterans, military, military families and civilians.

What motive does the Army have to misdiagnose PTSD?

Promoted by GreyHawk.

So asks the two Salon writers, Mark Benjamin and Michael de Yoanna, following their recent series starting with the incriminating evidence, an audio recording by a Veteran suffering from PTS. Recording his visit because his wife couldn't be there so he needed a way to remember what took place in his session with his army psychologist.

 

A reluctance to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder could be about the money, and about the need for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The subject title and the blockquote above are what they use in their forth of four reports from last week. That all started with this audio from a session with Sgt. X and his army psychologist:

 

VA: A Bureaucratic Mess

We've seen this before, especially us "Nam Vets as we returned, tens of thousands, and those needing and seeking the care from their service in a war became backlogged, or just plain denied. Many of us veterans were trying to be heard, over the rising drum beat of war, of what was coming especially if invading a country that did absolutely nothing to deserve that invasion and occupation. We were one of those groups politically labeled, by our hired administration, as a 'focus group' that they didn't listen to. But it wasn't only the administration not listening it was the greater majority of this country, they don't mind spending billions upon billions upon billions........... on the war machine and waging war with same, but when the soldiers start returning and the system gets overwhelmed the country doesn't want to hear anything about that, or if they hear they most certainly don't want to pay..

 

"Holding On"

Bumped. Originally posted 2009-02-20 07:06:09 -0500 -- GH

Joy's original thought was that it was a song for mothers of challenged children, particularly single moms, like her. While in the process of getting the music transcribed on the computer in June of '07, it occurred to her that it also might appeal to the wives and mothers of veterans returning from war with TBI and PTSD.

Kristian Lei - Holding On

 

The full story of how the song came to be is on Joy's blog: Joy Dawning

There's a short writeup, where I found out about the video, at the Honolulu Advertiser

Music Video by Kristian Lei singing Holding On with Joy Dawning [words and music] and Henry Mochida [Director]. Produced by HDology, LLC. (C) 2009 Joy Dawning Publishing, LLC

 In these times the 'song' has more meanings and those are put forth in the article and at the blog.

 

"Coming home": The Conclusion of Salon.com's Series

Bumped and promoted by GH. Originally posted 2009-02-14 10:10:41 -0500.

Top row, left to right: Kenneth Eastridge, Ryan Alderman, Adam Lieberman, Robert Marko. Bottom row: John Needham, Kenneth Lehman, Mark Waltz, Chad Barrett.

In the final article in Salon's series, we ask what President Obama will do about the rise of suicide and murder among U.S. soldiers returning from combat.

This is the conclusion to Salon's weeklong "Coming Home" series, by Mark Benjamin and Michael de Yoanna, on preventable deaths at Fort Carson. You can read the introduction to the series here.

 

It's not about what President Obama will do, but what will this Country, who cheers on Invasions of innocents, than willingly supports their Occupation till they lose interest, do to control what these Wars and Occupations have done to those we've sent. Those of us from this countries previous shows of force and failed policies already know, and we won't allow it to happen again!! President Obama and our representatives in Congress are only that, Our Representatives, it's Our Responsibility to right the wrongs, of the policies, and to take care of those we call Heroe's but are quickly forgotten when they return!

The final installment of the Salon series starts out with this:

"That young man never should have come into the Army"

The above subject title is the forth addition in a week long series at Salon.com by Mark Benjamin and Michael de Yoanna on the returned Soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan called "Coming Home". It's the open window into what happens to some after serving in man's hell on earth, Wars and Occupations of Choice!<!--Break-->

"You're a p- - -y and a scared little kid", 3rd Installment of "Coming Home"

Bumped by Carol. This is a painfully important series. Originally posted 2009-02-12 07:12:02 -0500

The subject title above is the third installment of a week long series of reports being run at Salon.com.

 

The first two installment reports can be found in links below or with this link of what I posted previously

 

"The Death Dealers took my life!"

Hey this sure seem like nepotism or something, but I am bumping this and promoting it. It was originally posted 2009-02-10 12:48:26 -0500. carol.

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A 'Big Hat Tip' to Carol White who sent me the link to the first of this series, a 'Big Hat Tip'!!

Salon.com has a series running all this week called "Coming Home", researched and written by Mark Benjamin and Michael de Yoanna.

The following is the description and lead in information on the series:

Army: 24 Suspected Suicides in January '09

Originally posted but worthy of noting again since much time and effort has been devoted to covering PTSD by ePluribus Media - standingup

 

This is just being reported,

 

Army reports alarming rise in suicides last month

 

There has been a small sprinkling of reports about the Military Suicides in the last couple of months, most of those found only if one is hitting a number of news outlets but not making National News, even as those who serve do so for the Country not a Community located near a base or where their from.

 

In Their Boots: Holiday Special

Topic: Care Packages for the Troops; Jacob's Light

Originally aired on December 17th, 2008

Dorine Kenney lost her only child Jacob to the Iraq war. Eleven days after Jacob's death, on his 29th birthday, Dorine sent a care package to one of her son's friends still serving in Iraq. This single act spawned The Jacob's Light Foundation, an organization to honor her son and care for those still fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Military Suicide: The War Within

Brave New Foundation: In Their Boots Episode 23

Topic: Military Suicide Featuring: The War Within: Chapter 1

Originally Aired on December 3rd, 2008 and Will Continue on December 10th, 2008

The War Within

A Marine Reservist seeks help from the Veterans Administration to heal his invisible wounds. But like too many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, his condition worsens, his medical needs go un-met, and he ultimately takes his own life. For the past four years, his family has been advocating to prevent other veterans from experiencing a similar fate.

 

Brave New Foundation: In Their Boots Webcast 21

Promoted. Originally posted 2008-11-21 06:19:10 -0500. -- GH

Topic: Military Sexual Trauma Angie's Story

Originally aired on November 19th, 2008

Angela Peacock Army Veteran

Smita Satiani Sexual Assault Counselor Certified (State of CA)

Related Organizations:

RAINN - Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

TS Nelson Publications

US Vets

Sgt. Angela Peacock

Army Sergeant Angela Peacock joined the military in February 1998. She wanted to travel, serve her country and gain some life experience. In 2001, while deployed in South Korea, Angie was raped by a fellow soldier. She was encouraged by her command not to tell, so she held it in, and in 2003 she took it to Iraq with her. She led her unit courageously, but silently struggled until she couldn't stay quiet any longer. Out of Iraq and back at home, Angie decides to take control of her PTSD - a result of both her military sexual trauma and combat stress - and take her life back.