As indicated earlier, SFTT is thrilled to have Dr. Henry Grayson as Chairman of SFTT’s Medical Task Force to help develop effective programs to treat our brave men and women suffering from PTSD. PTSD for veterans of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is now reaching epidemic proportions. Government studies suggest that 1 in 5 veterans suffers from PTSD. The symptoms of PTSD manifest themselves differently from person to person – but make no mistake – PTSD ...Continue Reading →
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with SFTT Chairperson, Eilhys England Hackworth the wife, partner, co-author, and muse of Stand For the Troops (“SFTT”) founder, the late Colonel David H. Hackworth—America’s most valor-decorated soldier—from the late 1980s until his death. Since the passing of this great American hero in May 2005, Ms. England Hackworth has kept her deathbed promise to her husband to continue SFTT’s mission to protect America’s frontline troops.
The purpose of the meeting was to hear from SFTT’s ...Continue Reading →
Several news organizations have commented on a new treatment using comforting sights. The world will be one he’s built himself in visits to his clinic, where, using biofeedback to track his response, he has trained himself to relax when he sees these images.”
The program reminds me of Stanly Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange, where “society” tries to rehabilitate the main character Alex DeLarge through a programmed treatment to alter behavior based on stimuli to a series of slides and ...Continue Reading →
As military service members deployed in Iraq begin come home, the alarm bells are beginning to sound as the Veterans Administration (“VA”) now seems over-stretched to deal with alarming number of cases of service members with PTSD.
According to a recently published Rand study, excerpts of which are reported by Health Affairs, “There is a large and growing population of veterans with severe and complex general medical, mental, and substance use disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar I disorder, PTSD, and major ...Continue Reading →
Mental health problems and self-destructive behavior have always been difficult subjects to discuss, let alone diagnose and cure. Since the 2008 Rand Corporation study on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) entitled Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery, there has been growing preoccupation with the high incidence of psychological disorders affecting military men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the Rand study, it is estimated that ...Continue Reading →
Editors Terry L. Schell and Terri Tanielian of the Rand Corporation have recently issued a Technical Report for the New York State Health Foundation which chronicles some of the mental health challenges faced by returning veterans in New York State. “The study found substantial elevated rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depression among veterans. ” The Technical Report to the New York State Health Foundation from the Rand Corporation may be read online (or ...Continue Reading →
Almost daily, we receive reports of the devastating impact of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) on our men and women in uniform and the terrible side-effects on their families and friends. The US Army is aware of the terrible cost of PTSD as evidenced by the 2010 US Army Report on Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention.
Many publications suggest that the origins of PTSD are unknown as evidenced by this recent commentary from a government organization:
“The cause ...Continue Reading →
The news media is alive with the idea that a “simple tweak” of padding in military helmets will reduce TBI (“traumatic brain injury”) and, perhaps, PTSD (“post traumatic stress disorder”). Ms. Claudia Cowan of Fox News, published an article on Aril 22nd which suggests that “a little padding goes a long way . . . to provide better protection from blunt force contact.”
Quoting scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Labs, Ms. Cowan suggests that ” by adding just a quarter-inch, or even an ...Continue Reading →
A researcher from MIT claims that computer models suggest that face shields added to combat helmets could help reduce blast-induced traumatic brain injury or “TBI” for US military troops serving in combat zones.
Found below is the news release from MIT
MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2010, 3:00 P.M. ET
MIT Study: Adding face shields to helmets could help avoid blast-induced brain injuries
– Researcher releases computer models that show effect of simulated explosions
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — More than half of all combat-related injuries sustained ...Continue Reading →
- At 6:09 p.m., Dustoff 57 has just left this base deep in Taliban-infiltrated Kandahar province, headed for a POI, or point of injury. Somewhere ahead of the aircraft is a soldier who minutes earlier stepped on an improvised explosive device, the signature weapon of the wars in Iraq and ...