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.
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.
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.
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.
May 8, 1996 |
Dramatic new ways to look inside the human brain and capture its workings are starting to yield results in the understanding and treatment of mental illness. In an illustration of how the kind of "photography" known as brain imaging has come of age, scientists yesterday announced new findings that could affect the understanding and treatment of schizophrenia, drug addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder. "For the first time in the history of our field, we can study the living brain," Robert Cancro, a psychiatrist at New York University, said at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.
July 14, 1994 |
The Vietnam War still haunts Commer Glass, a former combat soldier from West Philadelphia, and this never-ending nightmare finally has helped him overturn his first-degree murder conviction and life sentence. In a 39-page opinion filed yesterday, U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr. ordered state authorities to give Glass a new trial within 120 days or release him from Graterford Prison, where he's spent the past 19 years. The judge said Glass' defense attorney had failed to investigate the possibility that combat service in Vietnam caused Glass to suffer from post- traumatic stress disorder when Glass was tried in 1976 for murdering a woman friend a year earlier.
April 19, 2011
DEAR ABBY: Large numbers of veterans are returning home with a wide range of psychological difficulties, many struggling with severe physical injuries or traumatic brain injuries. One in 10 soldiers reports mental health problems, while 30 percent of U.S. troops develop serious mental health problems within three to four months of coming home. Post-traumatic stress is a natural human reaction to horrific experiences. The symptoms of PTSD are greatly reduced if appropriate treatment is provided quickly to those in need.