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  • Veterans may face higher risk of suicide during first year home

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    (Reuters Health) - Veterans may be more likely to commit suicide during the first year after they leave the military than after more time passes, a U.S. study suggests.

    Compared with people still on active duty in the military, veterans out of the service for up to three months were 2.5 times more likely to commit suicide, the study found. Veterans who had left the service from three to 12 months earlier had almost triple the suicide odds of current members of the military.

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  • Cohen Veterans Bioscience and Stanford partner to identify PTSD brain signatures

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    Despite many years of pioneering work characterizing the brains, behavior, and physiology of individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the field of psychiatry lacks objective biological measures for understanding the many biological variations in people with the same clinical diagnosis of PTSD. This means that there are no reliable ways to determine who will benefit from which treatment.

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  • Billionaire Investor Steven Cohen Pledges $325 Million to Combat PTSD in Vets

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    Steven A. Cohen, the billionaire hedge fund manager whose former firm SAC Capital pled guilty to insider trading charges, rarely does speaking gigs. Always extremely private, the investor has hardly ever spoken publicly since the 2013 settlement.

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  • NEW ‘HERO CARE’ APP HELPS MILITARY MEMBERS AND VETERANS

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    RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The American Red Cross has unveiled a new mobile app meant to help members of the military, veterans and their families.

    The Hero Care app will let users identify and access emergency and non-emergency Red Cross services from anywhere in the world.

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  • Expert: Greatest challenge in PTSD recovery is completing therapy

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    TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Hawaii — Standing in front of an auditorium full of healthcare professionals, Dr. Charles Hoge described a handful of emerging strategies for treating post-traumatic stress disorder.

    But at the end of his presentation, part of an annual health summit Thursday and Friday, Hoge declared that research is needed on to get patients to stick with their therapy.

    “I think treatment dropouts are still the most critical problem,” said Hoge, a leading expert on PTSD and a senior scientist at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland.

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  • Senators: More protection needed for troops who misbehave after trauma

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    Eight senators have urged Defense Secretary Ash Carter to follow the Navy's lead in ensuring that service members aren't wrongfully discharged for misconduct stemming from a trauma-related mental health condition. 

    The senators -- six Democrats and two Republicans -- wrote Carter on Thursday asking he consider adopting a policy that would prevent the services from discharging personnel involuntarily under less than honorable conditions without weighing whether their discipline problems were related to a physical or mental trauma like sexual assault or brain injury.

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  • In the wake of scandal, Wounded Warrior Project outlines significant overhaul

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    Wounded Warrior Project officials are firing half of their executives, closing nine offices and redirecting millions in spending to mental health care programs and partnerships as part of an organization overhaul in the wake of spending scandals earlier this year. 

    Mike Linnington, a retired Army lieutenant general who took over as CEO of the embattled organization earlier this year, said the moves aren’t an indictment of past practices at the charity but a recognition of changes needed to keep the group relevant and providing the best resources possible to veterans. 

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  • Chaplains begin treating veterans for newly designated ‘moral injury’

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    Bernard Smith spent 22 days face-to-face with death. The stench surrounded him as bodies of men, both young and old, were carted into a mortuary for him to process in Saigon during the Vietnam War.

    Smith, 77, of Myrtle Beach, survived the war that took the lives of more than 50,000 Americans, but he is still haunted by hundreds of those souls.

    “In the middle of the night, I would scream sometimes,” he said about the nightmares that he still has to this day. “One night, the Grim Reaper appeared in my dream and looked right at me and turned and said, ‘You’re next.’”

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  • VA provides service dog benefits to veterans with mental health disorders

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    WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday that it is piloting a program that will provide service dogs for veterans with mobility issues associated with mental health disorders.

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  • McCain: New Suicide prevention initiative for veterans can be model for nationwide effort

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    Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs released a sobering reminder of an epidemic that plagues our veterans: the suicide rate among military veterans has increased nearly 32 percent since 2001. Our youngest veterans (ages 18-29) have been hit the hardest and are nearly twice as likely to take their own lives than any other age group. The rate of suicide among veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is approximately 50 percent higher than the rate among the general public, and on average, we lose more than 20 military veterans to suicide each day.
     

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