January 26, 2018
WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs and Defense officials this week released new online help for veterans applying for a discharge upgrade, the latest in a series of outreach efforts to so-called “bad paper” veterans who may have been unfairly deprived of federal benefits.
January 24, 2018
Nikki Wentling | Stars And Stripes
WASHINGTON – Veterans who are married or in a live-in relationship have a higher risk of suicide than their single counterparts, according to a new study from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the University of Connecticut.
Researchers reviewed survey responses from 772 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and found variations in suicide risk based on age, income, marital status and religious beliefs. Being married significantly increased the risk, researchers concluded.
January 17, 2018
Karen Jowers | Military Times
Online fundraising sites let well-wishers provide financial support for grieving families, both in and out of uniform.
But as more requests on behalf of active-duty military dependents show up on these sites, sometimes offering emotional pleas for survivors who are destitute or “left with nothing,” donors should consider what programs are in place to assist these families, and whether online generosity may overlap with existing benefits.
January 17, 2018
Jeff Chu | Modern Farmer
Digging in the dirt may not heal the emotional wounds of war, but for some battle-scarred veterans, farming sure as hell helps.
January 16, 2018
Sara Heath | Patient EngagementHIT
The executive order calls on the DoD, VA, and DHS to create protocol that enable veteran access to mental healthcare within one year of exiting the services.
President Trump has signed an executive ordered aimed at expanding veteran access to mental healthcare during transitions from military service to civilian life.
January 6, 2018
Natalie Gross | Military Times
Former Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey knows what it’s like to experience a difficult transition out of the military.
He describes it with a story about a crossword puzzle he did after leaving the Army’s top post in 2011, in which a seven-letter word with the clue “Army head” was not “general,” but, instead, “latrine.”
“That’s kind of what it’s like,” Casey joked with student veterans assembled for his keynote presentation at the Student Veterans of America national conference in San Antonio.
January 4, 2018
January 4, 2018
Eric Wicklund | mHealth Intelligence
The Senate's unanimous approval follows a similar House vote last November of a bill that will give VA doctors the ability to use telehealth to treat veterans no matter where they live.
Veterans will soon be able to access healthcare no matter where they live through a telehealth connection.
December 30, 2017
Traci Pedersen | Psych Central
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been associated with violent behavior, particularly among military personnel who have returned from combat. But little is known about whether intensive PTSD treatments might be able to reduce such violent behavior.
In a new study, researchers from the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University analyzed the data of more than 35,000 U.S. military veterans who had been treated in specialized intensive Veterans Health Administration (VHA) PTSD programs.
December 29, 2017
Nikki Wentling | Stars and Stripes
SALT LAKE CITY — AnnaBelle Bryan knows the therapy is working when she hears the laugh.
She hears it through the wall separating her office from her husband’s, and she almost always hears it during a veteran’s fifth or sixth session. She knows that in a few short weeks the person laughing will test negative for post-traumatic stress disorder.
And she’s usually right.