SFTT News: Highlights of April 4, 2016

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Found below are a few news items that caught my attention this past week. I am hopeful that the titles and short commentary will encourage our readers to click on the embedded links to read more on subjects that may be of interest to them.

Drop me an email at info@sftt.org if you believe that there are other subjects that are newsworthy.

PTSD:  War Disorder Beyond the Battlefield
By the time I got home, though, I wasn’t thinking about that or any of the other horrific things we’d seen; I mentally buried all of it until one day, a few months later, when I went into the subway at rush hour to catch the C train downtown. Suddenly I found myself backed up against a metal support column, absolutely convinced I was going to die. There were too many people on the platform, the trains were coming into the station too fast, the lights were too bright, the world was too loud. I couldn’t quite explain what was wrong, but I was far more scared than I’d ever been in Afghanistan.    Read more . . .

PTSD Brain Scan

Long-term Effects of Veterans with Brain Injury
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), a type of MRI, may be able to predict functional post-deployment outcomes for veterans who sustained mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, during combat, according to a new study.   Read more . . .

Canada Study on Child Abuse by Veterans
Among the mental health disorders reported in the Canadian Armed Forces in 2013, 8.7 percent of the burden of illness was attributed to Afghanistan-related military service while 28.7 percent was attributed to past child abuse experiences.  Read more . . .

Military Dog Receives Medal
US Marine Corps dog Lucca, who lost her leg on duty, has been awarded a veterans charity medal honoring the work of animals in war.  The 12-year-old German Shepherd received the medal at a ceremony at Wellington Barracks in central London.  Read more . . .

Uber Signs Up 50,000 Veterans as Drivers
UberMilitary has reached its goal of signing up 50,000 members of the military community to become drivers, the company announced Thursday.  Todd Bowers, Marine veteran and UberMilitary director, told Military Times that working for Uber helps veterans and their families transition back into civilian life. He said the military drivers he’s spoken to name flexibility as the biggest selling point: They can earn an income while they continue the job hunt or save money to go back to school.  Read more . . .


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