Inspired by Vets in Her Life, Greenwich Woman Crusades to Help Soldiers Who Suffer From ‘Silent Trauma’

Published in the Greenwich Times For Memorial Day 2022 in Honor of All who Served and Sacrificed.

By Robert Marchant, Greenwich Times
May 28, 2022



GREENWICH — This Memorial Day, Eilhys England Hackworth will be thinking about the veterans in her life — her father, an Army surgeon who landed at Normandy in World War II, and her late husband, one of the most decorated Army officers in U.S. military history.
Her father, Dr. Gerald Haidak, rarely spoke of ...

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The Dynamic Duo

Almost 30 years ago, Colonel David “Hack” Hackworth, America’s most valor-decorated soldier, and journalist Roger Charles formed a lifelong friendship rooted in their individual Vietnam War experiences as well as their shared definition of what it means to serve one’s country, from a military veteran perspective.

Hack was a “maverick,” an officer who came up through the ranks, served in the military for ...

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David Shulkin

The VA and Shulkin: “It Shouldn’t Be This Hard to Serve Your Country”

Dr. David Shulkin has been pushed aside (read fired) as the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (“the VA”).  Without taking sides in what appears to be yet another partisan issue, Dr. Shulkin did a reasonably good job in bailing water in a sinking ship:  the VA.

David Shulkin

As such, it was with regret that we read Dr. David Shulkin’s self-serving departure editorial in the Continue Reading →

Equine Therapy for Veterans with PTSD

Equine Therapy for Veterans with PTSD and TBI

There is considerable anecdotal evidence that supervised exposure of Veterans with PTSD and TBI to horses helps restore a sense of well-being.  Nevertheless, an adequate number of controlled clinical experiments are lacking to determine whether equine therapy has any lasting benefits for Veterans suffering from brain injury.

As reported earlier, Dr. Yuval Neria is Professor of Medical Psychology at the Columbia University Medical Center and “Scientific Advisor” to Stand for the Troops (“SFTT”) is leading a clinical study for the ...

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What Veterans with PTSD Should Know About Alternative Drugs

Most every day there is a provocative news report suggesting that some “miracle drug” may help treat Veterans with PtSD and TBI.  If it is not a new drug, cannabis or ecstacy are often cited as “new” drugs that can help Veterans cope with  the debilitating symptoms of PTSD.

While many Veterans with brain injury and their caregivers hope that prescription medicine relief is on the way, the Department of Veterans Affairs (“the VA”) has a very poor track record in ...

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Alternative Treatment Options for Veterans with PTSD and TBI

In an era of medical breakthroughs and diverse treatment options, it is most disappointing that the Department of Veterans Affairs (“the VA”) has so few treatment options for Veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI.

More to the point, the VA has gone out its way to suggest that non-VA approved alternative treatment therapies are little more than snake oil.  Instead, compromised doctors like David Cifu vigorously defend the status quo at the VA which has shown to ...

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FAQ on Service Dogs for Veterans

For some inexplicable reason, the Department of Veterans Affairs (“the VA”) has a “thing” about service dogs.  Despite an overwhelming amount of evidence that service or companion dogs help Veterans, the VA insists on studying this issue still further.  SFTT wishes the VA had taken the same level of precaution in prescribing OxyContin for Veterans with PTSD.

Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD and/or TBI

A companion service dog program appears to provide comfort and support to ...

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Purdue Pharma Reigns In the Opioid Peddlers

In typical cavalier fashion, drug giant Purdue Pharma has decided to curtail the sale of OxyContin that has brought misery and death to tens of thousands addicted to opioids.

Purdue Pharma Oxycontin

Why it has taken so long for this scandal to end – particularly to families who have lost loved ones – is difficult to fathom.  Perhaps, the allure of bonuses for licensed drug peddlers or the irresistible pull of a ...

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SFTT on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy or HBOT

Of all the current “alternative” therapies reviewed by Stand For The Troops (“SFTT”), hyperbaric oxygen therapy or HBOT is clearly supported by evidence-based clinical trials and an abundance of evidence (both scientific and anecdotal) that it help reverse brain trauma.

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (“HBOT”)?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and ...

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