PTSD http://kuow.org en The Untold Story Of War With Ann Jones http://kuow.org/post/untold-story-war-ann-jones <p></p><p>Battle scars are not always visible.</p><p>Post-traumatic stress disorder affects almost 30 percent of soldiers who serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.</p><p>Journalist Ann Jones researched how war affects people’s minds by following troops in the Middle East. Her new book is called “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's Wars: The Untold Story.”</p><p>In it, Jones also looks at how war touches those close to soldiers: spouses, children, doctors and friends. She spoke at Town Hall on March 18, 2014. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:10:01 +0000 Rachel Solomon 31897 at http://kuow.org The Untold Story Of War With Ann Jones New Program At Harborview Works Toward Universal PTSD Screening http://kuow.org/post/new-program-harborview-works-toward-universal-ptsd-screening <p>Re-experiencing, avoidance, hyperarousal: these are the three categories of post-traumatic stress disorder as laid out by the <a href="http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml">National Institute of Mental Health.</a> They commonly go by more common names: nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, social isolation, poor concentration, insomnia and startling. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:58:19 +0000 Andy Hurst & Marcie Sillman 30410 at http://kuow.org New Program At Harborview Works Toward Universal PTSD Screening Hypervigilance And Crowds Complicate Holidays And Life Back Home For Veterans http://kuow.org/post/hypervigilance-and-crowds-complicate-holidays-and-life-back-home-veterans <p>Steve Scher gets tips from licensed mental health counselor and&nbsp;suicidologist&nbsp;Randi Jensen on how to help combat war veterans get through the holiday season and beyond. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:53:02 +0000 Steve Scher & Christine Streich 26350 at http://kuow.org Hypervigilance And Crowds Complicate Holidays And Life Back Home For Veterans Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper' http://kuow.org/post/path-reclaiming-identity-steep-vets-bad-paper When Michael Hartnett was getting kicked out of the U.S. Marine Corps, he was too deep into post-traumatic stress disorder, drugs and alcohol to care as his battalion commander explained to the young man that his career was ending, and ending badly.<p>"Do you understand what I'm saying to you, son? It's going to be six and a kick," Hartnett recalls the commander telling him.<p>The "six" was an expected six months of hard labor in the brig. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:07:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 25265 at http://kuow.org Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper' For Veterans, 'Bad Paper' Is A Catch-22 For Treatment http://kuow.org/post/veterans-bad-paper-catch-22-treatment Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>In many ways, military veterans hold a privileged place in American society, but not all vets have access to what goes along with that privilege. In the past decade of war, more than 100,000 men and women left the military with less than honorable discharges, many due to bad conduct related to post traumatic stress disorder. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:12:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 25188 at http://kuow.org Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Burdens Like A Scarlet Letter http://kuow.org/post/other-honorable-discharge-burdens-scarlet-letter Eric Highfill spent five years in the Navy, fixing airplanes for special operations forces. His discharge papers show an Iraq campaign medal and an Afghanistan campaign medal, a good-conduct medal, and that he's a marksman with a pistol and sharpshooter with a rifle.<p>None of that matters, because at the bottom of the page it reads "Discharged: under other than honorable conditions."<p>Highfill, a 27-year-old Michigan native, says he got addicted to the painkillers he was taking for a knee injury. In the Navy's eyes, Highfill screwed up. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:06:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 25113 at http://kuow.org Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Burdens Like A Scarlet Letter Help Is Hard To Get For Veterans After A Bad Discharge http://kuow.org/post/help-hard-get-veterans-after-bad-discharge Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are often boxed into categories, stereotypes. Vets are wounded warriors - maybe they lost an arm or a leg, or suffer from PTSD. Vets are heroes - they risk their lives to serve. They are said to be the new greatest generation. Today, we'll begin a series about vets who don't fit the stereotypes. These vets committed crimes, or they breached military discipline. They got kicked out, and got other-than-honorable discharges. Sun, 08 Dec 2013 12:58:00 +0000 editor 25093 at http://kuow.org Photographing Midway Island, And Gen. Peter Chiarelli On Brain Injury http://kuow.org/post/photographing-midway-island-and-gen-peter-chiarelli-brain-injury <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Photographing Midway Island</strong><br>Seattle-based photographer Chris Jordan has traveled around the world to document mass consumption and the waste that results from it. His most recent work is focused on Midway Island, an atoll thousands of miles from the nearest land mass. Jordan documented the impact of ocean detritus on Midway’s native albatross species. The result&nbsp;is&nbsp;<a href="http://townhallseattle.org/sightline20-series-journey-to-midway-atoll-with-chris-jordan/">Jordan’s first film</a>, to be released later this year. But “Midway” is about more than birds.&nbsp; How did this work affect the photographer himself?</p><p><strong>Understanding Post Traumatic Stress And Traumatic Brain Injuries</strong><br>There are many invisible wounds soldiers in combat face. Thirty-six percent of soldiers have traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress as a result of their time in the military. General Peter Chiarelli retired from his position as Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army after serving&nbsp;as a combat commander in Iraq for two tours. He is now the CEO of <a href="http://1mind4research.org/news/one-mind-research-welcomes-general-peter-w-chiarelli-chief-executive-officer">One Mind for Research</a>, where he works to get rid of the stigma service members and veterans face when they seek assistance for&nbsp;PTSD and traumatic brain injury. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Weekday 15179 at http://kuow.org Photographing Midway Island, And Gen. Peter Chiarelli On Brain Injury Army Investigation Clears Madigan Commander http://kuow.org/post/army-investigation-clears-madigan-commander <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An investigation into improper leadership involvement in </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">diagnoses of </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">post-traumatic stress disorder at Madigan Army Medical Center has cleared Hospital Commander Col. Dallas </span>Homas<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of any wrongdoing.</span></p><p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 00:29:17 +0000 Patricia Murphy 9941 at http://kuow.org Army Investigation Clears Madigan Commander New Army Report Finds Trouble With Behavioral Health System http://kuow.org/post/new-army-report-finds-trouble-behavioral-health-system <p></p><p>The Army has more than doubled its number of military and civilian behavioral health workers in the past five years, however, a <span style="line-height: 1.5;">newly released report that examines how the Army evaluates soldiers for mental health issues finds that the system is riddled with problems.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:40:39 +0000 Patricia Murphy 9536 at http://kuow.org Four-Legged Warriors Show Signs Of PTSD http://kuow.org/post/four-legged-warriors-show-signs-ptsd For years, PTSD — or post-traumatic stress disorder — has been an issue for military members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.<p>But humans aren't the only ones with problems. Military dogs returning from war zones are also showing signs of PTSD. And there's evidence that these canines need some extra tender loving care after their tours of duty.<p>Every morning, veterinarian technicians check playful and intelligent Belgian Malinois pups at the Holland Military Working Dog Hospital at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:51:00 +0000 Ryan Loyd 9568 at http://kuow.org Four-Legged Warriors Show Signs Of PTSD Army Keeps A Lid On Madigan PTSD Investigation http://kuow.org/post/army-keeps-lid-madigan-ptsd-investigation <p>The Army says it won’t release the investigation into how Madigan Army Medical Center handled some soldiers' diagnoses for post-traumatic stress disorder.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The denial comes one week after the Secretary of the Army visited Joint Base </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lewis-</span>McChord, south of Tacoma,<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to announce the completion of an Army-wide review on the same subject.</span></p><p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 03:06:44 +0000 Patricia Murphy 8057 at http://kuow.org Army Keeps A Lid On Madigan PTSD Investigation Group Wants More Recognition For Soldiers With Post Traumatic Stress http://kuow.org/post/group-wants-more-recognition-soldiers-post-traumatic-stress <p></p><p>Army Secretary John McHugh will be at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Monday. He’ll be briefing reporters on the results of an Army-wide review of soldier behavioral health evaluations for post-traumatic stress disorder. The comprehensive review was the result of a smaller investigation that began after a forensic psychiatry team at Madigan Army Medical Center in Lakewood was found to have reversed some soldiers' PTSD diagnoses.</p><p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 20:02:45 +0000 Patricia Murphy 7665 at http://kuow.org Group Wants More Recognition For Soldiers With Post Traumatic Stress