Years ago when I was a young Army lieutenant, my reconnaissance platoon was preparing to conduct a night-time helicopter insertion far behind enemy lines to seek out intelligence critical for a large-scale operation to be conducted 48 hours later. The operation was high risk. That night as I back-briefed my Troop commander over the hood of a Humvee in the German woods, I expressed my concern about the ...Continue Reading →
This Saturday (November 11, 2017), Fox TV will air a broadcast on how Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (“HBOT”) is helping hundreds – if not thousands – of Veterans with PTSD and TBI.
This special program will be aired on Veterans’ Day. The video below was prepared by The National Hyperbaric Association to demonstrate that “real” therapy is available to the tens of thousands of brave warriors suffering from PTSD and TBI.
HBOT is a proven ...Continue Reading →
The opioid crisis is real. It is hard to believe that people dying from drug overdoses each year now exceed the total number of brave warriors who lost their lives in Vietnam.
Regardless of one’s political affiliation, this drug epidemic must be faced with determination to eradicate this awful plague. Yet, in looking at The President’s Final Report on Fighting Drug ...Continue Reading →
At the request of Reps. Mike Coffman, R-CO., and Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H., the Government Accountability Office (“the GAO”) agreed Sept. 27 that it “will review the way the Department of Veterans Affairs (“the VA”) treats patients who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other combat-related conditions.” In particular, the GAO will focus on “how heavily the VA relies on powerful psychotropic drugs to treat patients.”
As reported in ...Continue Reading →
Last week, I attended a delightful get together at the NewYork-Presbyterian Military Family Wellness Center in New York City. Directors JoAnn DiFide and Yuval Neria discussed promising new initiatives designed to help Veterans and their families cope with PTSD and TBI.
Dr. Neria is Professor of Medical Psychology at the Columbia University Medical Center and “Scientific Advisor” to Stand for the Troops (“SFTT”). Found below is a photograph of Dr. Neria together with Eilhys England, ...Continue Reading →
The Department of Veterans Affairs (“the VA”) receives considerable public criticism for its failure to provide service dogs to Veterans with PTSD and TBI.
As reported earlier by SFTT, the VA provides service dogs to blind Veterans, but has balked at providing service dogs to Veterans who are less than totally physically disabled. The recurring argument from VA spokespeople is that there is a lack of “clinical evidence” to support the benefits of service dogs.
According to a recent Dutch study involving military personnel deployed to Afghanistan, there is evidence to suggest that blood-based miRNAs (Micro RiboNucleic Acids) may serve as “candidate biomarkers for symptoms of PTSD.”
A research group from the Netherlands collected blood samples Dutch soldiers before, as well as 6 months after deployment.
Author of the study, Dr. Laurence de Nijs (Maastricht University), states the following:
“We discovered that these small molecules, called miRNAs, are present in different ...Continue Reading →
Thomas Brennan, a former sergeant in the Marine Corps, is the founder of The War Horse, a veterans’ news site, and a co-author of “Shooting Ghosts: A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from War,” makes an impassioned plea to “make pot legal for Veterans with TBI.”
In an “Opinion” piece for the ...Continue Reading →
Found below are a few military news items that caught my attention this past week. I am hopeful that the titles and short commentary will encourage SFTT readers to click on the embedded links to read more on subjects that may be of interest to them.
If you have subjects of topical interest, please do not hesitate to reach out. Contact SFTT at email@example.com.
BBC Analyses US Military Options for North Korea
President Trump has said “all options are on ...
As we reported earlier, Veteran Eric Bivins committed suicide after being unable to find the support and care he needed from the Department of Veterans Affairs (“the VA”).
Found below are a moving – AND MOST SAD – series of videos by Kimi Bivins, Eric’s spouse which describes her experiences with the VA in attempting to find the proper care for her husband.
Kimi’s experiences with the VA are not dissimilar from my own and countless of others who have ...Continue Reading →