September 29, 2004 |
U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi said Tuesday yesterday that the violent guerrilla tactics used by insurgents in Iraq would take a considerable toll on the mental health of troops, resulting in a lifetime of disability payments for many of those who return from war. So far, 20 percent of returning Iraq veterans who have sought VA care have done so for mental-health issues. While the exact cost of compensating those injured in the Iraq war is uncertain, the VA already expects to pay $600 billion over the next three decades in disability payments to veterans of earlier wars.
December 14, 2006 |
Jeffrey Corcoran was manning a security checkpoint in Baquba, Iraq, on that deadly day in 2003 when four insurgents with AK-47s jumped out of a car and began firing. A lieutenant, "a real nice guy who was more of a friend than an officer," was cut down in the cross fire in front of Corcoran and died. At the time, Corcoran, an infantry mortarman from Strasburg, Lancaster County, didn't have the luxury of sorting out his feelings about what had happened. That came after he left the service in February 2004 - and found he couldn't sleep, concentrate or hold a job. He was angry, physically sick, and uneasy without a weapon.
January 28, 1990 |
The last of the Soviet troops left Afghanistan in February 1989, going home after more than nine years of war to a reception that mirrored in many ways that faced by returning U.S. veterans of the Vietnam War. Speeches boasting of the "soldier-internationalists" who had done their duty failed to mask the indifference of a nation going about its business, glad to be done with an unpopular war. Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev was on...
May 26, 2006
Veterans need our help with stress disorder There are servicemen and women returning from the Iraq war with memories that will haunt them. These Americans need help, more help than we gave to Vietnam veterans, some of whom are suffering recurrences of post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of exposure to news of the Iraq war. I lost someone to PTSD. No, he wasn't some crazy lost soul. He was a business school graduate, an international finance expert, and eventually a successful minister.
May 16, 2015 |
Passengers who survived this week's Amtrak crash may have a rough month ahead of them, psychologically speaking, but most will recover on their own without much help from professionals. "Most people will naturally figure this out and come out of it," said David Yusko, clinical director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Predicting who won't is more challenging, he said. He and Kenneth Reinhard, a New York psychologist who worked for decades at a VA hospital, agreed that educating people about what they are likely to feel - normalizing those painful emotions - would help them accept and process their responses.
June 9, 2016
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April 14, 2005 |
Citing the large numbers of military personnel returning from Iraq with psychiatric disorders, lawmakers introduced legislation yesterday in the House of Representatives that would expand veterans' health services and study why veterans' mental-disability payments vary widely across the country. The bill follows a March report in The Inquirer and other newspapers owned by Knight Ridder that the regional offices of the Department of Veterans Affairs produced inconsistent results when it came to determining a veteran's degree of disability and amount of compensation.
November 29, 2012 |
The unkempt man was wearing fatigues, standing in the street and holding a sign that read, "Vietnam vet. Please help. God bless. " The year was 2005 and Barbara Van Dahlen, a licensed clinical psychologist, was driving with her then-9-year-old daughter, who asked why the man was begging in the world's richest country. It was a moment that helped propel Van Dahlen into her official mission, the founding that year of Give an Hour, a national nonprofit providing free mental health services to military personnel and their families affected by the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other post-9/11 conflicts.
January 2, 2011 |
The handsome man on the videotape was reliving a very bad memory, and he was doing it amazingly well. His eyes were closed. He was speaking in present tense. His voice was shaking, and he was sniffling. His whole body looked wired. He wanted to cure his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and he was doing exactly what his new therapist had told him to do. He was mentally putting himself back in the night that most terrified him, one that had haunted him with flashbacks and nightmares for nine years.
July 29, 2015 |
THE CADET FROM Northeast Philly left at dawn yesterday in her freshly starched uniform, nervous and ready for something new, but the person she'd always imagined kissing goodbye before that journey began wasn't there to see her go. Maria Gill was a Catholic school teacher when she fell for Philadelphia firefighter Timothy Gill. It was the uniform, she said. When he'd come home after a shift, Maria would listen to Tim's stories while she graded papers or prepared lesson plans, and she was drawn in by his tales of firehouse bonds, the big cookouts between the runs and those days when they'd beat back the flames and feel blessed to be alive.