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.
March 22, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Army inspector general is conducting a systemwide review of mental-health facilities to determine whether psychiatrists overturned diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder to save money. The move comes as the case of a U.S. soldier suspected of killing 16 Afghan civilians has brought fresh attention to the strains of war. Army Secretary John McHugh told Congress on Wednesday that the Army was trying to determine whether the change in diagnosis was isolated or a common practice.
June 23, 2013 |
Henry Costo was only 20 when he was sent to his first fatal fire. He raced up to a third-floor apartment on Girard Avenue, where a teenage girl was reportedly trapped. He grabbed her feet, pulled her dead body closer, and realized something was wrong. There were too many limbs. Costo turned to his partner to share what he had found: two girls, hugging each other, realizing they would die. But driving back home, Costo didn't feel a thing. "I remember thinking, 'There must be something wrong with me. Am I that hardened?
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.
October 26, 2012 |
JERRY GRANTLAND grew up in Lansdowne, enlisted in the Army right out of Cardinal O'Hara High School, deployed to Iraq in 2003 and was on reconnaissance patrol in an armored personnel carrier when a roadside bomb exploded. He wasn't wounded physically. But after eight months of hypervigilance in Iraq, always ready to run for cover from frequent mortar attacks, Grantland came home to a National Guard assignment in Texas, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. "I was driving 75 miles-an-hour on I-10 when I saw a couple of guys at the side of the road who looked like they were duct-taping something to the guardrail," said Grantland, now 28 and living in Roxborough.
August 15, 2011 |
One of the first things you notice about Judy Bernstein is how easily, how freely, she laughs. Her obvious zest is all the more striking when you hear about the trials in her life. Her father died in a plane crash when she was 21. Her brother-in-law was killed crossing Broad Street. Her sister died in a car crash. In 2001, Bernstein learned she had lymphoma. Since then, doctors have diagnosed six other cancers: breast, thyroid, skin, esophageal, and two kinds of lung.
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.
September 17, 2014 |
SHE SPENT THE weekends in her car, driving from one corner of the city to another, looking for something that she couldn't quite put her finger on. On the one hand, Joan Ryan, the director of recovery services for the Philadelphia Department of Veteran Affairs, had an idea of what she was searching for: a building that could house 40 military veterans. But it needed to be more than just walls and a roof. It needed to be a sanctuary for people whose lives had fallen to pieces, a place that could help them learn to stand again - and in a way that few VA facilities had ever tried.
June 6, 1995 |
WHAT ABOUT GUMP? A high IQ can do a lot for you, including reducing your risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder, according to Harvard University researchers. After adjustment for socioeconomic status and other factors, the lower a subject's intelligence, the more severe was his PTSD symptoms, a study of 105 Vietnam combat veterans found. "Cognitive variables may affect the ability to cope with trauma, thereby affecting whether a person develops chronic PTSD," Dr. Richard McNally reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
February 25, 1991 |
They are resurfacing now, the Vietnam veterans, those old soldiers who had almost faded away. They are going into the veterans' center in Center City, and psychological clinics in Coatesville and Lyons, Somerset County. They are talking to each other, sometimes after years of uneasy silence, in organized rap sessions or just in phone calls between friends. The battle in the gulf is hitting them hard. As American troops fight the latest war - as a bloody ground war begins, as television records the helicopters and explosions, as reporters do features on body bags - many Vietnam veterans are discovering that they haven't quite purged themselves of the last one. This has affected different vets in different ways.