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  • VA hospital’s LSD experiments sped brother’s fall into schizophrenia, Lee’s Summit man fears

    10/07/2016 7:49:00 AM PDT · by Theoria · 8 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 05 October 2016 | Joe Robertson
    Back then it was hard not to laugh, talking about LSD.“It was like having my own TV set, all these little colored lights. ... I had this amazing experience looking down at myself … (and) at some point while I was up there I remembered what I heard about this chap who never made it back.” Among those listening and laughing on the 1965 audio recording was Karl Menninger, one of the giants of psychiatry and co-founder of the Menninger Clinic, as he presided over an academic colloquium on hallucinogenic drugs.The speaker on the tape, a medical student who had...
  • John McCain Grills Media For Twisting Trump’s Words About PTSD

    10/05/2016 12:08:24 PM PDT · by orchestra · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/5/2016 | Christian Datoc
    None other than Arizona Sen. John McCain defended Donald Trump’s recent comments about post traumatic stress disorder. Trump was criticized for stating that unfortunately, veterans suffering from PTSD who end up committing suicide aren’t as “strong” as some of their comrades. “When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat and they see maybe what people in this room have seen many times over — and you’re strong and you can handle it — but a lot of people can’t handle it and they see horror stories,” Trump told veterans at a campaign...
  • The Reporting of Trump’s PTSD Comments Shows Why His Supporters Hate the Media

    10/04/2016 11:40:23 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 23 replies
    Reason ^ | Oct. 4, 2016 2:15 pm | Scott Shackford
    Trump's response makes perfect sense to somebody putting out a sales pitch, and the outrage is completely phony. Trump is suggesting that the folks in the crowd are strong as he pivots to the discussion of mental health issues, because, frankly, a lot of people who need help don't actually want to admit it. He's providing an answer to these veterans without suggesting to them that any of them in particular need to take advantage of it. It's actually a clever way of approaching the discussion that somebody with Trump's background might understand and somebody who has spent his or...

    10/03/2016 7:58:46 PM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 84 replies
    10/3/2016 | Dick Bachert
    I have had several recent conversation with a close relative concerning Donald Trump's periodic drifts off message and into the tall grass of issues about which, to use my relative's colorful phrase in those calls, "Nobody gives a shit", the rotund Miss Universe contestant being the most recent. During our "chat", she asked me a number of times "Does Trump listen to ANYBODY?" We had another very animated conversation today during which she informed me that a number of her friends who had not been crazy about Trump but had come to hate Hillary to the point where they WILL...
  • Donald Trump’s gaffe on veterans and PTSD shows just what an amateur he still is

    10/03/2016 12:56:54 PM PDT · by ObozoMustGo2012 · 51 replies
    WaPo ^ | 10/3/2016 | Aaron Blake
    There will be plenty of quibbling in the hours ahead, but Donald Trump clearly just created a new batch of problems for himself with his comments Monday morning, in which he suggested that veterans dealing with mental health problems aren't "strong" and "can't handle it." "When people come back from war and combat, they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over, and you're strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can't handle it," Trump said to a veterans group in Northern Virginia. "And they see horror...
  • Free Michelle Obama’s Slaves

    07/29/2016 10:59:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies ^ | 7/28/2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    At the DNC, Michelle Obama put on her victimhood hat one more time and declared, “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.” It’s not a new line, but an ongoing mantra. Back in 2009, Michelle whined that, “Many slaves who couldn’t enter the building worked to create the building.” But that’s too past tense. Michelle’s house continues to be built and maintained by slaves. Her lavish lifestyle of endless vacations, parties and public appearances is funded by millions and millions of slaves. Michelle Obama lives a life that is more lavish and luxurious than...
  • These Men are From Mars

    06/09/2016 8:43:19 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8 June 2016 | DAVID J. MORRIS
    Then Mr. Junger came home and set to work describing the surprisingly deadly environment that returning veterans face. In “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging,” he argues that contemporary culture has divorced man from his roots as a tribal creature. A lack of intimacy and low levels of trust, he writes, have created “a sprawling and anonymous” society in which “people can get away with incredible levels of dishonesty” and misbehavior. This causes big problems, ranging from citizens being alienated from their neighbors to high rates of suicide, mental illness, homelessness, gun violence and financial fraud. Post-traumatic stress disorder, as Mr....
  • Yale Study Shows Danger of Marijuana

    06/01/2016 11:42:43 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 91 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 1, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    Donald J. Trump says vets are treated worse than illegal immigrants. But help is on the way. The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to make it easier for veterans to get access to officially-approved marijuana. Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), a physician, argues that the proposal is "absolutely insane." It is estimated that nearly 30 percent of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. But Rep. Fleming notes evidence that marijuana "enhances psychosis and schizophrenia" in some people with these psychological problems. Dr. Christine Miller asks, "Does no one remember Eddie Routh,...
  • A Navy SEAL's last act of service: A search for the truth about brain disease and the military

    05/28/2016 9:51:28 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    Virginia Pilot ^ | May 29, 2016 | Corinne Reilly
    On the afternoon of March 12, 2014, Jennifer Collins checked her phone and found a message from her husband, Dave Collins, a retired Navy SEAL. He’d texted to say that she should pick up their son from kindergarten, and then this: “So sorry baby. I love you all.” Hours later, two police officers showed up at their house in Virginia Beach with news that Dave, 45, had shot himself in his truck a few miles away. Although Jennifer had held out hope for any other explanation, she also knew the moment she read it what the text meant. For months,...
  • Australia: Muslim avoids jail for sex assault: he has PTSD

    05/16/2016 12:13:20 AM PDT · by Lera · 7 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | May 15, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    And the lawyer for the defendant told the victim that she could have avoided the sex assault if she had just adjusted her own behavior. The West is swiftly internalizing the idea that whenever Muslims commit acts of violence, it’s the non-Muslim victim’s fault.
  • The VA vs. Sergeant Major Jesse Acosta

    04/02/2016 5:21:26 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 54 replies
    LifeLine for Vets ^ | March 22, 2016 | Shad Meshad
    Army Sergeant Major Jesse Acosta has received notification from the VA that his benefits for a caregiver are ending in 90 days, at the end of May. The letter he received from the VA states “he is no longer appropriate for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.” They say they are pleased to inform him of this. According to the VA, even though Acosta, blinded by a mortar attack in Iraq, is still blind, they are excited (with an exclamation point to prove it) to let him know they have determined he’s “graduated,” and no longer needs a...
  • Trump gives $100K to group that trains dogs to help veterans

    01/30/2016 7:42:05 PM PST · by monkapotamus · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 30, 2016 | Caitlin Yilek
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday presented a check for $100,000 to an organization that trains dogs for veterans with PTSD and mobility issues. Trump gave the check to the Puppy Jake Foundation during a campaign rally in Davenport, Iowa, with Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. Three dogs and Puppy Jake representatives came onstage to receive the donation...
  • Brandon Friedman: The deeper damage done by Sarah Palin

    01/22/2016 5:26:58 AM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies ^ | january 22, 2016 | brandon friedman
    Sarah Palin decided to make a political issue of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder. "My son, like so many others," she said at a rally endorsing Donald Trump for President, "came back a bit different." Normally, veterans like me would view this positively - as a needed discussion after two wars that have impacted nearly 2.5 million U.S. service members. But we're talking about Palin here, and that's not where she took it. Instead, she used PTSD to excuse - or at least shift blame away from - her son's arrest on domestic violence charges the night before. According to police...
  • Brainless Palin should be ashamed

    01/21/2016 7:13:45 AM PST · by Gandalf the Mauve · 36 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 1-21-16 | Gary Stein
    Let' just call her tasteless. Real tasteless. And classless. Very classless. She showed that in spades this week, when she blamed President Obama for her son Track's recent domestic violence arrest. Track spent a year in Iraq with the Army, and Palin says his problems with domestic violence exemplify what happens to soldiers who come back home with PTSD. And who does she blame for this? Yep, Obama. "My son, like so many others, they come back a bit different, they come back hardened," Palin said at a rally where she was supporting Donald Trump. She went on to whine...
  • PTSD nation? US shootings inflict growing mental toll

    01/06/2016 8:54:37 PM PST · by Java4Jay · 24 replies
    Gun violence kills about 30,000 Americans every year and mass shootings -- extremely rare in most countries -- have been on the rise in the United States. According to tracking website, there were 330 mass shootings in the United States last year, up from 281 in 2014. ???
  • Obama gun control executive order compromises doctor-patient confidentiality for “mental health”

    01/05/2016 9:40:34 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 38 replies
    Poor Richards News ^ | Jan 5, 2016 | Poor Richard
    Obama gun control executive order compromises doctor-patient confidentiality for "mental health" issues In 2nd Amendment by Poor Richard January 5, 2016 Comment Once again, President Obama is circumventing Congress and the Constitution by issuing decrees and implementing them as if they are law. This time, he's going after a fundamental civil right protected by the Constitution: our right to keep and bear arms. Much of the media focus on Obama's executive orders thus far has been on the background checks provisions that would require private sellers of even a single firearm to register with the Federal Government as a "firearms...
  • Marine’s struggle includes potentially deadly prescription cocktail

    01/04/2016 8:24:20 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 16 replies
    The Daily News (Jville NC) ^ | Jan. 3, 2016 | James LaPorta
    Bobbie Bee can no longer contain her outrage after her husband was prescribed a drug that if taken in conjunction with his current cocktail of medications potentially could have raised his serotonin levels to dangerous heights, a risk that she says - and the FDA warns — "could've been deadly." "I can't carry them all at once," Bobbie J. Bee says over the unmistakable sound of pills individually bouncing off the sides of plastic bottling tubes as she walks in from her home's kitchen and into the dining room. She lays the containers out one-by-one. "These are for nerves, anger...
  • "Resilience"ť is a Book for Everyone

    12/30/2015 9:00:22 PM PST · by newstlnewss · 7 replies
    Olivette Patch ^ | December 15, 2015 | B.W. Durham
    Review by B.W. Durham “Resilience,” the new book by former Navy Seal and Rhodes Scholar Eric Greitens, is an inspiring guidebook for anyone who has confronted personal loss, harsh challenges in their own life, the death of a loved one or emotional pain. That is to say… “Resilience” is a book for everyone. The sub-title of Greitens’ book is “Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life.” Indeed, “Resilience” offers earned wisdom and insights that can help people forge ahead in times of struggle, and become stronger. But this is not a “how-to” book. It acknowledges serious traumas that can change...
  • Suicide Claims 14th Marine From a Unit Battered by Loss

    12/30/2015 8:57:55 AM PST · by Theoria · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Dec 2015 | Dave Philipps
    Tyler Schlagel slipped out of his parents' house while they were asleep three weeks ago and drove through the wintry darkness to his favorite fishing lake high in the Rockies. Mr. Schlagel, a 29-year-old former Marine corporal who was stocking shelves at a sporting goods store, carried with him the eight journals he had filled during tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also carried a .40-caliber pistol. Under the bright mountain stars, he kindled a small campfire. When the flames grew high, he threw the journals into the fire, then shot himself in the head. Mr. Schlagel's death Dec. 9...
  • Terror Strikes San Bernardino County

    12/03/2015 12:41:20 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 68 replies
    Front Page ^ | December 3, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    When the Redlands Tea Party Patriots objected to the resettling of Syrian Muslim migrants in their community, CAIR accused them of "paranoia and phobia is rooted in a combination of ignorance and bigotry." But "paranoia and phobia" are the modern condition that the free world has found itself living in. Islamic terrorism can strike anytime and anywhere from a Paris concert hall to a San Bernardino County facility where disabled children were being helped. It's ignorance to ignore that and bigotry to defend it. "What will be done to ensure the safety of our community? Our biggest concern is the...
  • Destroying the myth of PTSD

    11/11/2015 4:15:18 PM PST · by pboyington · 24 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 10, 2015 | Elmer Ellsworth
    First, we must express our sincere gratitude and respect for all those Veterans who carried the Flag before us, all those who served on our left and on our right and all those who picked up the Flag and moved forward after us. No matter where, when or in what role, your service is appreciated and recognized. And, Happy Birthday to the USMC – Semper Fidelis! As the first Veterans’ Day to be discussed from the Veterans’ Perspective, we must address one of the most important topics to be share with the civilian community. A Tragic Myth of PTSD –...

    11/08/2015 9:47:30 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 31 replies
    AP ^ | 7 Nov 2015 | ALLEN G. BREED
    He was both gunman and hostage, and, as he told a friend who was trying desperately to make him surrender, it was time for him to be "put down." When he fired at the officers, they returned fire, striking him nine times. And so, this summer when he saw his master lying in the flag-draped casket, Honor pushed through the clutch of weeping family members, reared up, placed his paws on the edge and tried to climb in. Unable to comfort Baker, the lanky black dog in the camouflage-patterned vest curled up underneath.
  • 'Club Drug’ Ketamine May Treat Depression, PTSD, Tinnitus

    10/16/2015 9:00:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | Thu, 10/15/2015 - 9:05am | By Texas A&M University
    Ketamine, a drug that is used as an anesthetic, may be a way to safely treat pain, PTSD, depression, and ringing ears (tinnitus), a new study suggests. Since the drug is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration, it could potentially be available sooner and cost less. “It’s a lot more economical to repurpose drugs than to take a new drug and make it from scratch,” says David E. Potter, professor and chair of pharmaceutical sciences at Texas A&M University’s Rangel College of Pharmacy. “Not only in terms of dollars, but also in terms of time.” And because a...
  • Fort Bragg soldier guilty of misconduct; separation will allow health care

    10/10/2015 7:56:57 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 34 replies
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | Fri Oct 9, 2015 | Greg Barnes
    A three-member board recommended Friday that Fort Bragg Staff Sgt. Joshua Eisenhauer be separated from the Army on a general discharge under honorable conditions. When he awoke in a Chapel Hill hospital bed, Eisenhauer looked at his nurse and demanded to know: "Who's covering the roof?" A psychologist and a psychiatrist testified Friday that severe PTSD and other factors led Eisenhauer to suffer a "pathological flashback" that caused him to think he was shooting at Afghan insurgents, not police and firefighters. "The blur of reality is just all crunching around him. So what's he shooting at? He's not even sure,"...
  • New tool can identify soldiers most likely to commit violent crimes, study shows

    10/07/2015 3:12:50 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 31 replies
    LA Times, via Stars & Stripes ^ | October 6, 2015 | Alan Zarembo
    In the science fiction thriller “Minority Report,” a police force known as PreCrime uses mutated human psychics to identify criminals before they act. The U.S. Army is working toward a similar goal — not by reading minds but by crunching data. Using the military records of all 975,057 soldiers who served during a six-year period, researchers have developed an algorithm they hope can help prevent severe, violent crimes by identifying those at greatest risk of becoming perpetrators. They would not be pre-arrested, but rather given counseling or other interventions aimed at heading off violence.
  • In Unit Stalked by Suicide, Veterans Try to Save One Another

    09/21/2015 7:18:06 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 52 replies
    New York Times ^ | Sept 19, 2015 | DAVE PHILIPPS
    After the sixth suicide in his old battalion, Manny Bojorquez sank onto his bed. With a half-empty bottle of Jim Beam beside him and a pistol in his hand, he began to cry. He had gone to Afghanistan at 19 as a machine-gunner in the Marine Corps. In the 18 months since leaving the military, he had grown long hair and a bushy mustache. It was 2012. He was working part time in a store selling baseball caps and going to community college while living with his parents in the suburbs of Phoenix. He rarely mentioned the war to friends...
  • Tragedy, trauma mark Fort Bragg soldier's path to prison

    09/14/2015 9:19:08 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 24 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 12, 2015 | Greg Barnes
    Mad at his former girlfriend and probably drunk, Joshua Eisenhauer's only brother hopped into his red Camaro and peeled away from the party at his house. The Camaro screamed down Basswood Boulevard - past newly built homes in an affluent bedroom community of Fort Worth - until the road jagged to the left. Maybe it was the speed, or the fog, or the road construction. Whatever the reason, 19-year-old Eric Eisenhauer missed the turn. The Camaro clipped a barricade, slammed into a berm and flipped before skidding into the Texas scrub.
  • Camp Liberty seeks to create safe haven for veterans with mental and physical disabilities

    07/29/2015 3:10:35 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 9 replies ^ | July 29, 2015 | Olivia Dimmer
    NORVELL TWP, MI -- Rick Briggs has always been involved in charity work to help veterans, but when his son came back from Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder, he knew more needed to be done for veterans. "A lot of guys put a gun in their mouth because they don't have hope, they don't have a purpose," Briggs said. "They need both hope and purpose to move forward." So, Briggs partnered with other volunteers to bring a shared dream to life. The 137-acre campsite of Camp Liberty, once finished, will feature a welcome center able to house a large family...
  • A tragic end for a John Doe whistleblower

    07/28/2015 8:11:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 7-27-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Michael Lutz, the highly decorated former Milwaukee cop and John Doe whistleblower, fatally shot himself early Sunday morning just inside the Milwaukee County line. Multiple sources tell Wisconsin Watchdog that Lutz lived an agonized life in the years after he was shot while on the job in 2005. Things got worse, those sources say, after he went public about Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm’s “hyper-partisan” pursuit of Republican Gov. Scott Walker. “I know Mike, and the worst thing he could have imagined was being in a mug shot, in an orange jumpsuit on a perp walk,”...
  • Army Ranger who shot dead NFL hero Pat Tillman in friendly fire reveals the guilt..

    07/26/2015 9:10:53 PM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies ^ | July 26, 2015 | Kelly Mclaughlin
    Full Title: Army Ranger who shot dead NFL hero Pat Tillman in friendly fire reveals the guilt he still suffers and how PTSD from the accident ruined his career, marriage and health A former Army Ranger who fears he fired the fatal round that killed NFL star Pat Tillman in Afghanistan has spoken out. Steven Elliott, 34, told the story of the moment Tillman was killed by friendly fire on April 22, 2004 when his regiment was ambushed. Elliott and other Rangers fired shots because they believed 27-year-old Tillman, who gave up a $3.6million football contract to serve his country...
  • Firework displays are pretty but can stress veterans with PTSD

    07/03/2015 1:34:31 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 104 replies ^ | July 3, 2015 | Tanvier Peart
    Many families look forward to Fourth of July celebrations that typically include delicious food and fireworks. While there's nothing wrong with observing the day, it's important to keep those who served in mind, as they might struggle with post-traumatic stress. The nonprofit Military with PTSD is hoping to raise awareness about the effects fireworks can have on men and women who served in the military. Unfortunately noisemakers and firework displays used to commemorate our nation's independence can oftentimes be the very things that cause emotional distress on combat veterans.
  • Suicide Rates of Female Military Veterans Called 'Staggering'

    06/13/2015 7:04:39 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 63 replies ^ | June 8, 2015 | Alan Zarembo
    New government research shows that female military veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of other women, a startling finding that experts say poses disturbing questions about the backgrounds and experiences of women who serve in the armed forces. Their suicide rate is so high that it approaches that of male veterans, a finding that surprised researchers because men generally are far more likely than women to commit suicide. "It's staggering," said Dr. Matthew Miller, an epidemiologist and suicide expert at Northeastern University who was not involved in the research. "We have to come to grips with why...
  • Army combat veteran's call for help lands him in jail

    05/31/2015 8:24:52 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 28 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | May 31, 2015 | Mandy Locke
    <p>For years, Ryan Broderick has been trapped inside his mind, watching a constant reel of explosions that rocked the Army vehicles he had scrubbed of blood during three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.</p> <p>Since January, Broderick has been stuck inside a real jail, fortified by cinder blocks, surrounded by barbed wire. The government that Broderick upended his life to serve locked him up in Edgecombe County, about 75 miles east of Raleigh.</p>
  • Student Vet Suspended, Labeled ‘Threat’ After Requesting Non-Muslim Counselor

    05/25/2015 5:18:29 PM PDT · by Twotone · 19 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | May 25, 2015 | Mark Tapson
    Campus Reform reports that a former active-duty Marine who served two combat tours in Iraq and is diagnosed with combat-related PTSD was suspended from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi after he requested to meet with a non-Muslim counselor in the school’s Office of Counseling and Disability Services.
  • Student vet with PTSD suspended, labeled ‘threat’ to peers after requesting to meet with non-muslim

    05/25/2015 1:45:03 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 64 replies ^ | may 25, 2015 | Gabriella Morrongiello
    In an exclusive interview with Campus Reform, the former active-duty Marine who served two combat tours in Iraq said his suspension came after he requested to meet with a different counselor in the school’s Office of Counseling and Disability Services. Rawls, who is diagnosed with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), was originally paired with a female counselor who wore traditional Muslim dress during his initial visit to the office. -snip According to Rawls, his attempts to meet with staff members to discuss the school’s policy about changing counselors were repeatedly ignored and it wasn’t until a recent meeting with administrators that...
  • Ted Nugent: Obama Is Causing Veteran Suicides

    04/03/2015 8:38:23 AM PDT · by detective · 7 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | April 3, 2015 | Ed Mazza
    Ted Nugent is blaming the "enemy" for veteran suicides: President Barack Obama. “Here’s your job, Republican Party," Nugent said over the weekend in comments posted online by Right Wing Watch. "Twenty to 25 of those guys kill themselves every day, and they haven’t told you why and they haven’t told anybody else why but they told me why: because the commander-in-chief is the enemy.”
  • Army Refuses Vet Benefits To Rape Victim

    03/28/2015 11:38:33 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 69 replies
    The Philadelphia Public Record ^ | January 22, 2015 | Cassie Hepler
    Joining the US Army at 19 years of age is an exciting and intimidating move. But with youth and vigor readily available, a promising recruit can climb the ranks of success and dream of a bright future. DAN SICKMAN, non-attorney veterans’ advocate, is representing rape victim Diana Moore, from Bensalem, Pa., in her fight for justice and veteran’s benefits. Diana Moore, who is now 29 and lives in Bensalem, Pa., never had that opportunity. While stationed in Ft. Campbell, Ky. as an automated logistical specialist, she was raped by a superior. Not only did she find no justice in the...
  • Air Force Reservist's Suicide Brings Home Tragedy

    03/18/2015 9:57:43 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 27 replies ^ | February 23, 2015 | Howard Altman
    That's the question the family and friends of Air Force Reserve Capt. Jamie Brunette are struggling to answer. At 30, Brunette seemingly had it all. A vivacious and attractive athlete and scholar, she had been lauded by the Air Force for her work in Afghanistan, was a partner in a fitness center about to open in Largo and was known by her family and friends as being the strong one always ready to help others. But for some reason, Brunette, who left active duty after 11 years last June and joined the Air Force Reserve, couldn't help herself. On Feb....
  • Lethargic Politico Labor Reporter Goes MIA

    02/22/2015 3:36:25 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | February 22, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Politico labor reporter Mike Elk continues to set new records in the annals of extreme lethargy. Not only has he written a pathetic total of only five stories since he came on board at Politico in the middle of October, he can't even be bothered to write or even contribute to currently breaking important labor stories. Yesterday Politico published a story about the Secretary of Labor in the wake of the settlement of a big labor dispute that caused a slowdown in container freight traffic on the West Coast for several months. Where was Mike? Gone. Not only did he...
  • Obama to sign veterans suicide prevention bill

    02/12/2015 7:28:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 9:05 AM EST
    President Barack Obama is joining with lawmakers and government leaders to cast a spotlight on the issue of suicide among veterans. Obama on Thursday will sign the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act into law. […] The measure is named for a Marine who struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. …
  • Was Chris Kyle’s killer a converted Muslim?

    02/02/2015 4:03:06 PM PST · by Candor7 · 57 replies
    Allen B. West, Steadfast and Loyal ^ | 2nd Feb., 2015 | Michele Hickford, Editor-in-Chief
    The “conventional wisdom” says former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was tragically shot and killed by a former soldier suffering from PTSD. But perhaps there’s another version of the story no one wants to talk about. What if Routh had been converted to militant Islam in Iraq and sought Kyle out as retribution? There are some disturbing facts about Routh you most likely will have never read. According to The Warfighter Foundation, it is highly unlikely Routh suffered from PTSD because he never served in battle. “Eddie Routh served one tour in Iraq in 2007, at Balad Air Base (the 2nd...
  • Former soldier was sane when rapper was shot dead in Harvey, doctors say

    01/28/2015 1:23:55 PM PST · by BBell · 8 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 1/28/15 | Paul Purpura
    Devin Bonilla, the former Louisiana Army National Guardsman who says his combat experience in Iraq caused a stress disorder, was legally sane when authorities say he killed an aspiring rapper in Harvey a year ago, court-appointed doctors have concluded. Their report, which was filed in court Wednesday, contradicts Bonilla's insanity defense and means a trial jury might be asked to sort out conflicting mental health opinions. Bonilla, a 25-year-old Harvey resident, is scheduled to stand trial April 6 on a charge of second-degree murder in the Jan. 18, 2014, killing of Bowie Richard, 21. Richard, who used the stage name...
  • If You Hate ‘American Sniper’, You’re Probably Not American

    01/20/2015 4:28:45 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 21 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 1/20/15 | Steve Berman
    I saw American Sniper Monday afternoon.  I went with a group of guys, most of them either active duty or former military.  The theater was packed, and this was a Monday matinee showing. Granted, it’s a federal holiday, and most people in Warner Robins, Georgia have government-related jobs, but not all.  The Wall Street Journal duly recorded an opening weekend at $105.3 million, almost double the film’s production budget of $59 million, calling it a “surprise”: Such a massive opening for a mid-budget drama was perhaps Hollywood’s biggest surprise since “Avengers” blew away box-office records by opening to $207 million...
  • Captured By Grace [28 minute movie]

    01/18/2015 3:47:59 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 7 replies
    Billy Grahan assoc. ^ | Ja. 2015 | Billy Grahan assoc.
    Captured By Grace [video at link] Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner turned bombardier, survived a plane crash and prisoner of war camps during WWII. He returned a hero, but his greatest battle was yet to come.
  • Help this soldier who has been awaiting trial for over three years after a PTSD incident.

    01/17/2015 6:59:08 AM PST · by tired&retired · 15 replies
    vanity post ^ | January 17, 2015 | self
    How can a US Army 82nd Airborne soldier with PTSD & traumatic Brain injury be held in state/county prison for over three years after his arrest for PTSD violence while in a Warrior Transition unit at Ft Bragg awaiting treatment? He was asleep in his apartment at night when he awoke to firemen smashing down his door and he thought he was back in Afghanistan. His private investigator who prepared his defense investigation has died. His attorney has become ill and is no longer practicing......... What ever happened to a speedy trial? Three years in prison, no trial, no PTSD...
  • Vietnam vet suffering from combat stress to be executed for killing deputy, website reports

    01/13/2015 12:31:16 PM PST · by BBell · 87 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 1/13/15 | Paul Purpura
    A Vietnam war veteran whose attorneys say suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder is scheduled to be executed at a Georgia prison Tuesday night, Military Times reported. The state parole board on Monday declined clemency for Andrew Brannan, after the 66-year-old Army veteran's attorneys argued he was having a flashback when he killed a deputy sheriff 16 years ago.
  • The Rest of the 'Unbroken' Story

    12/23/2014 4:34:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | December 23, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    On Dec. 25, the unforgettable story about Louis Zamperini, an Olympian turned World War II prisoner of war hero, opens in theaters nationwide. As astoundingly resilient as Zamperini was, however, his real power was found in a fact underplayed in the movie; namely, he whose birth we celebrate Dec. 25 is the one responsible for restoring and transforming Zamperini's heart and life. First, let me say, few lives can compare with Zamperini's. He lived hard from a young age. He smoked cigarettes by the time he was 5, and his favorite pastime as a youth was stealing beer from bootleggers.Cops...
  • Medical Marijuana May Worsen PTSD Symptoms, Increase Violence

    12/19/2014 4:39:22 PM PST · by steve86 · 68 replies
    Medscape ^ | December 15, 2014 | Deborah Brauser
    AVENTURA, Fl; Although a growing number of states have approved post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana use, new research shows that the drug may actually worsen symptoms and increase violent behavior. A large observational study of more 2000 participants who were admitted to specialized Veterans Administration treatment programs for PTSD showed that those who never used marijuana had significantly lower symptom severity 4 months later than those who continued or started use after treatment. Veterans who were using marijuana at treatment admission but quit after discharge ("stoppers") also had significantly lower levels of PTSD symptoms...
  • Bradley Stone cleared by Veterans Affairs doctor one week before murders, suicide

    12/17/2014 12:24:53 PM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Jacqueline Klimas
    A Veterans Affairs psychiatrist cleared former Marine Bradley Stone of suicidal or homicidal tendencies just a week before he went on a killing spree, slaying six others and then taking his own life. Stone, who had been in a child custody battle with his ex-wife, killed members of her family Monday. His body was found near his home in Pennsylvania on Tuesday with self-inflicted stab wounds and cuts. He had a 100 percent disability rating at the VA for post-traumatic stress disorder and had seen his psychiatrist just one week prior to the incident, a VA spokesman told The Washington...
  • Tragic Details Emerge from Ex-Fox News Reporter’s Suicide

    12/16/2014 4:21:46 PM PST · by PROCON · 26 replies
    mediaite ^ | Dec. 16, 2014 | Andrew Kirell
    Shortly before taking his own life last week, former Fox News correspondent Dominic Di-Natale, 43, sent a text message to a close friend letting her know where authorities can find his body. That is one of many new details emerging from the story of how Di-Natale took fate into his own hands and ended his life before neurological illness consumed him. Over at the New York Times, Ernesto Londońo paid tribute to his close friend, and revealed what led the war zone reporter sent to his fatal decision. Some details: Di-Natale indicated he had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder...