In households nationwide, hundreds of thousands of wounded parents have come home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their children are struggling to navigate the invisible wounds — traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, which together afflict an estimated 30 percent of the 2.7 million former troops.
The Veterans Health Administration has launched four pilot programs offering yoga, acupuncture, Qigong, guided imagery and equine therapies, part of an effort to reduce the dependence of tens of thousands on opiate painkillers.
The largest study to date of recent military and veteran suicides has identified two high-risk groups of former troops who are generally ineligible for the psychiatric care afforded to all others who served: those forced out of the military for misconduct and those who enlisted but were quickly discharged for other problems.
If anyone understands the toll of war, it's Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Centers veterans services director Mike Cagle. He sees the aftermath walk through the door every day.
Ed Glimme wants you to take a hike. Toting a backpack up hills and down dales — or without a pack and just walking the flatlands through the La Crosse Marsh and city streets, whichever fits your stamina.
An ex-Army medic appeared lucid and coherent moments after slamming his pickup truck into a car, despite defense claims that he was temporarily insane because of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a juror.
Doctors from the Department of Veterans Affairs say that the benefits of service dogs working with the physically disabled are well-documented. Now, VA and other veterans groups hope that a new study will support the theory that they are equally beneficial to those with mental scars.