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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Leaving No Warriors Behind

We’ve got great news! We recently kicked off TREATMENT OF TEN, a very important fundraising campaign hosted by YouCaring, which helps treat Combat War Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I know that my late husband David “Hack” Hackworth would be very proud of ...
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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. Why it has taken so long for this scandal to end - particularly to families who have lost loved ones - ...
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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) ...
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News for Veterans with PTSD or TBI: Week Ending 2 Feb 2018

The Department of Veteran Affairs (the "VA") struggles to provide effective therapy for Veterans with PTSD and TBI.  As such, SFTT has will now focus its attention on providing Veterans and their families cope with information on promising new alternative therapies to help brave warriors cope with brain injury. The ...
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Happy 2018!

Is it too late to wish you all a happy new year? We think not! Here at SFTT we’ve been busy wrapping up our 2017 initiatives and planning for an even better 2018 with new programs and partners to help Veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress ...
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Latest News for Vets with PTSD & TBI: 26 Jan 2018

The Department of Veteran Affairs (the "VA") continues to struggle to provide effective therapy for Veterans with PTSD and TBI.  As such, SFTT has decided to focus most of its attention on helping Veterans and their families cope with the ravages of the silent wounds of war. The devastating effect ...
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Will the VA Expand HBOT Therapy for Veterans with PTSD and TBI?

As reported earlier, the Department of Veterans Affairs ("the VA") is now providing hyperbaric oxygen therapy of "HBOT" on a trial basis to Veterans with PTSD and TBI.  This marks an abrupt turnaround within the VA that has repeatedly claimed that there is insufficient clinical "evidence" to support the use ...
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