VETERANS

Browse for local updates regarding veterans services, counseling resources, caregiving options and articles on PTSD personal stories and more. 

Our Lonely Society Makes It Hard To Come Home From War

"Sebastian Junger has seen war up close, and he knows the impact that battlefield trauma has on soldiers. But he suggests there's another major cause of pain for veterans when they come home: the experience of leaving the tribal closeness of the military and returning to an alienating and bitterly divided modern society. "Sometimes, we ask ourselves if we can save the vets," Junger says. "I think the real question is if we can save ourselves."

 Sebastian Junger at TED2016

What Are the Obstacles to Getting Good Mental Health Care for Vets?

"The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a sobering report earlier this year on military veterans' access to and use of mental health services. A survey of veterans of the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq found that about half of those who may have a need for mental health care do not use either Department of Veterans Affairs or non-VA services, suggesting that a large proportion of veterans do not receive any treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorder, depression or other mental health issues."

By David Levine

For USNews and World  Report

How Important Are Dogs for the Mental Health of Recovering Veterans?

"Soldiers with PTSD can experience a variety of symptoms, including anxiety, paranoia, sleep disruption and fear of public spaces. “They suffer from hypervigilance, startle easily, have nightmares and intrusive thoughts and live in isolation and detachment. If you match those symptoms with the right dog, it helps them feel safe and calm,” Ritchie says."

By David Levine

For USNews and World  Report