In the Civil War, veterans with psychological combat
disorders were diagnosed with
"soldier's heart." In
World War I, the term was "shell
shock" and in World War II
"combat fatigue." The
term "post traumatic stress
disorder" was added to official Veterans Affairs'
diagnostic codes in the early 1980s.
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requiring combat vets to verify in writing that they have witnessed or
experienced a traumatic event before filing a claim for post-traumatic
stress disorder, said the chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs
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overmedicated, forced to talk about their mothers instead of Iraq, and
have to fight for disability pay. Traumatized combat vets say the Army
is failing them, and after a year following more than a dozen soldiers
at Walter Reed Hospital, and reporter Mark Benjamin says he
believes the soldiers."
Iraq Veterans Cope with PTSD by
Eric Westervelt All Things Considered, March 31, 2005 · A
new study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that one quarter
of veterans who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq and were treated at VA
hospitals in the past 16 months were diagnosed with mental disorders.
Post-traumatic stress disorder was the most common ailment. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4569798
Mental health crisis hits UK troops Iraq conflict is causing record levels of
depression and post-trauma stress. Thousands of British troops have
experienced serious mental health problems following service in Iraq,
according to the most authoritative study ever undertaken into the
psychological impact of war on UK soldiers.
Psychological Impact of Killing in Battle
Taking a life, even in the context of war, can have serious
psychological repercussions for soldiers. Reporter Alix Spiegel talked
to one expert who has studied the experience, and two former soldiers
who have killed in battle.
The War Comes Home: Rifleman couldn't take any
more The young rifleman's suicide didn't make official
military lists of "non-hostile," "self-inflicted" deaths in Operation
Iraqi Freedom, lists that show 26 overseas Army soldiers and Marines
killed themselves as of July 24 this year.
U.S. Troops Suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress
after Iraq A new study of the mental
health of U.S. troops who've been in Iraq shows a substantial rate of
post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychiatric illnesses. The
high rates of mental illness occurred despite intensive efforts by U.S.
officials to prevent them.
Joseph Shapiro reports.
If you know someone
returning from Iraq or Afghanistan that may be having trouble, this is
a good site to start:
Not All Wounds Are Visible - PTSD Alliance http://www.ptsd-alliance.org/
HOW TO GET HELP
Psychological Counseling for Military Service Members and their Families -
(360) 290-1035 We are a group of licensed
mental health professionals who offer free psychological treatment to military
service members (active duty, National Guard, Reserves and veterans) who have
served or who expect to serve in OEF and/or OIF. We also provide treatment to
members of their families and other loved ones. Treatment is conducted in our
private offices. Our services are entirely confidential and do not report to
either the DOD or to the VA. The Soldiers Project NW provides
counseling for individuals, couple and families as well as group therapy. They
are not affiliated with any governmental agency and offer the flexibility and
confidentiality available in private clinical practice. Email:
clinicians in private practice, they provide alternative treatment options
outside of the military system. Soldiers Project NW is able to respond to any
request for help within 24 hours.
Returning Iraq soldiers can get access to vet-to-vet support
individual mental-health therapy and treatment for nightmares,
depression and stress disorders through a variety of local providers.
The VA Puget Sound Health Care System branch in Seattle has a
deployment health clinic to handle mental and physical post-combat
and treatment. It also offers individual, marital and family
services and help with obtaining benefits. Call 206-764-2636.
The Seattle VA also has a separate clinic for female vets.
The state VA's PTSD program offers counseling throughout the
800-562-2308. A complete list of providers is at www.dva.wa.gov;
click on "PTSD."
Help is available at Fort Lewis through the Madigan Army
behavioral health department: 253-968-2700.
Veterans Outreach Centers are located in Seattle,
253-565-7038; and Bellingham, 360-733-9226.
The Army Source One hot line offers soldiers and their
confidential consultation and referral, seven days a week, as well as
private, in-person counseling sessions in local communities.
tie a “Yellow Ribbon” around their memories, when
veterans are eventually
dumped off at V.A. hospitals around the United States. - Mike
Army Medic, Vietnam
photo: Kathleen Flynn ]
Lisset Greene her son
Anthony Rivera, 6, and her daughter 19-month-old Laila Greene visit the
grave of their husband and father Curtis Greene who committed suicide
in December after returning from serving in Iraq.
My Dead Body'She has not seen his
suicide letter, which she was told is being held as evidence in an