SFTT Salutes: Lance Corporal Charlton E. Johnson USMC, and his Canine Companion Aliana (Ali)

STAND FOR THE TROOPS (SFTT) is honoring service dogs with our Service Dog Salute Photo Campaign that celebrates the unique relationship between Veterans and their canine companions. SFTT recognizes the significant role these support animals play and wants to show-and-tell this fact to the world. Lance Corporal Charlton E Johnson Weapons Expert ...
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PTSD and Fireworks

Written by: Rebecca McCoy Rebecca McCoy lives in Florida with her husband who has military related PTSD, two children, and extended family. She writes about her experiences as a supportive spouse and shares her unique perspective and wants to help others who are living with PTSD. She shares her story at www.aspousesstoryptsd.com. and on her Facebook page: A ...
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SFTT Service Dog Salute Photo Campaign

‘Some dogs help people see, while others help them forget what they’ve seen!’ Stand for the Troops (SFTT), the David Hackworth legacy foundation, is Saluting Service Dogs with a photo campaign launching on PTSD Awareness Day, June 27th, 2018. Veterans and their families are encouraged to submit candid or portrait ...
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The Endocannabinoid System & PTSD:  Could Hemp Oil Be The Missing Link?

Written by Fatima Cook and Gregg Cook Let us begin with the basics. What Is The Endocannabinoid System? First documented in the 1990s, this system is a relatively new discovery and is an internal (endo-) receptor for cannabidiol, serving as a modulator and communicator between all the other systems in ...
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Farming As A Non-Pharma Rx For Veterans With PTSD

While many Combat Veterans who suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) follow conventional medical protocols involving high dosages of anti-depressants, others have discovered a more “natural” way to heal from invisible war wounds. Through farming. “It’s as natural as it gets,” says MAJ Ben Richards, ...
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Treatment of Ten Campaign Extension Until Memorial Day, May 28, 2018

Guess what? Because of you, the Treatment of Ten fundraising campaign is becoming a success. We’ve raised almost enough funds to send one Combat Veteran to our medical facility in Idaho so that he can receive the treatments and therapies that he needs. Now, we need to send the other ...
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PTSD: Current Status, Key Challenges and Promising Treatments

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) frequently occurs after the experience of traumatic events such as wars, disasters, acute medical events, and domestic violence. It is known as the signature disorder of combat and disaster.  Lifetime prevalence PTSD is substantial, estimated as approximately 8% in the United States, with a prevalence of ...
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The Unknown Soldier

Released in 1968 by the Doors, the Unknown Soldier was considered an antiwar song and banned on many radio stations. The song, however was more of dig at the American media and the way that the Vietnam conflict was televised into our homes and became a part of our daily lives. The lyrics ...
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Vietnam Combat Veteran Brian Delate Goes Back to Move Forward

The post that follows comes from my dear friend Brian Delate who I first met in 1996. We were at a party at my daughter’s house, as Brian’s late wife Karen and my daughter were in graduate school together. I was immediately taken with both Brian and Karen, it was ...
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Give Veterans a Chance with Ben Richards

As sound-bite politicians and Department of Veterans Affairs ("the VA") administrators (past and present) slug it out over the future direction of the VA, Maj. Ben Richards has put together a comprehensive 8-week program to treat 10 fellow Veteran warriors who suffer from PTSD and TBI. The program is ...
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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. As such, ...
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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 ...
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