As a military veteran with PTSD and TBI, I encounter many brave warriors who have had difficulties getting proper treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs (“the VA”).
All of these conversations have been disturbing and caused me to relive the terrible ordeals I faced when dealing with the VA. Nothing quite compared to the disturbing letter I received from Debbie Lee, the founder of America’s Mighty Warriors (“AMW”).
In her open letter (summarized and slightly edited below), Debbie ...
Military suicides, particularly among Veterans, show no signs of abating. Despite recent efforts by Secretary of Shulkin of the Department of Veterans Affairs (“the VA”), the “silent wounds of war” follow our Veterans into civilian life.
In a most informative report published by CNN, Veteran suicides account for roughly 20% of all suicides in the United States.
SFTT has reported on this disturbing trend for several years, but little has been done to curb Veteran suicides. ...
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.
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I had a delightful lunch yesterday with Maj. Ben Richards and Bronco, his service dog. Also joining us for lunch were Eilhys England, Chairperson of Stand for the Troops (“SFTT”) and Dr. Yuval Neria, Director of the PTSD Research Program at Columbia Presbyterian.
I hadn’t seen Bronco (a labradoodle) before and was interested in learning how service dogs ...
Recent information suggests that 68,000 Veterans are addicted to some form of opioid (hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone and morphine). The VA argues that “more than 50 percent of all veterans enrolled and receiving care at the Veterans Health Administration are affected by chronic pain, which is a much higher rate than in the general population.”
Like many, I am moved by the tributes paid to military Veterans and active service members at NFL games. Nevertheless, both the NFL and the military have come under sharp criticism regarding the number brain injuries suffered on both the playing field and battlefield.
Both the NFL and military have stonewalled the problem for many years, but it now appears that the NFL is taking action to introduce a “safer” ...
Veterans and casual observers continue to be mystified why the Department of Veterans Affairs (the “VA”) continues to insist on failed therapy programs to treat Veterans with PTSD.
Dr. David Cifu, the senior TBI specialist in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Health Administration, argues that Veterans treated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy are receiving the best therapy possible to treat PTSD. There is no reliable third-party verification to support Dr. Cifu’s bold assertion.