veteran health

Military Hospital Implements Music Lessons to Help with Brain Injury Recovery
November 26, 2012

Patients at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., will have a chance to see whether learning or playing an instrument can improve cognitive function and motor coordination in those with a brain injury or disease. Officials with the Intrepid Center, or NICoE, announced Nov. 16 they will expand the facility’s therapeutic arts program to include music.

November 19, 2012

Laurence Miller of Boca Raton, Florida, has had enough of dehumanizing and shaming veterans suffering from war. Mr. Miller, a psychologist, wrote in to the New York Times a week ago in response to a November 11 column on violent tendencies in returning soldiers with PTSD, traumatic brain injury, or other combat-related trauma. He wrote eloquently in defense of our nation's soldiers, adding his voice to the majority speaking up in support of veterans suffering from psychological trauma.

November 09, 2012

This Veterans Day, Americans can celebrate that more wounded warriors are surviving than at any point in our history, and many are returning to us as decorated heroes with full lives ahead. However, the damage inflicted upon these service members is far more severe than in previous combat eras, overwhelming existing care facilities and devastate their families.

Poetry, Music, Art Help Veterans With PTSD
November 08, 2012

These warriors are young and old, and have battled different foes across the world in conflicts spanning seven decades. United by their experience as combat veterans, they assemble to help each other overcome another common enemy: post-traumatic stress disorder. For the men and women who attend this “expressive arts session” every Friday morning at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, it is an important part of their therapy.

Some veterans allege the Government used them for human drug testing.
October 23, 2012

Government experimentation on humans might sound like the plot of a science fiction movie, but in the case of as many as 100,000 veterans spanning more than 50 years, it is science fact. Last week, a California Judge cleared a case to progress-- the case is on behalf of any current or former service members who were subjected to chemical or biological testing without their informed consent. The government has said as many as 100,000 people were used for such testing between 1922 and 1975, when the military says it halted human experimentation.

Women veterans, female veterans, va hospitals, veteran healthcare
October 23, 2012

With the growing number of women veterans in the US, veteran healthcare is getting a significant update. In White River Junction, Vermont, the ribbon was cut on Friday on a new, $1.02-million outpatient care center specifically for women.

Sgt. Joel Tavera remains cheerful in the face of adversity.
October 18, 2012

Once you meet U.S. Army Sgt. Joel Tavera, you cannot forget him. I can say that with full confidence, having first met this relentlessly positive person in 2011 at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital Polytrauma Transitional Rehab Program. At the time of our meeting, he was preparing to compete in the Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K race — a task he completed, by the way, walking unassisted across the finish line. He had come a long way in relearning life's basic functions after a missile struck his armored SUV inside the Tallil air base in southeastern Iraq.

Volunteer cooks for veterans.
October 17, 2012

After serving two tours in the Vietnam War -- where he was shot twice and now suffers from the effects of Agent Orange and post-traumatic stress -- Fairfield resident Ernie Schnaible was sent packing after he returned to American soil. He wasn't given benefits and was left do deal with impacts of the war on his own.

Colorado mountains
October 16, 2012

From the battlefield to the back-country, some Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are now putting their leadership skills to use in the Colorado wilderness by becoming part of a program teaching them to become trainers for the Sierra Club.

October 16, 2012

Starting this month, Connecticut will follow a number of other states in beginning a program aimed at identifying veterans who are arrested for minor crimes and diverting them from jails to treatment. The state's initiative has an unusual twist, allowing veterans to use the Accelerated Rehabilitation (AR) program twice, rather than just once. AR allows low-risk defendants to complete community treatment programs and avoid prosecution.