Penn study may help efforts to prevent veterans' suicide
A new University of Pennsylvania study may offer clues to helping military veterans avoid suicide. The study followed veterans treated after they attempted suicide in the mid-1990s. In the decade after a suicide attempt, survivors had higher death rates than the general population.
While seemingly a study in incongruity, a "Combat Artist" has been a part of military operations for over one hundred years. From World War One to the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 15,000 works from artists under fire have been stored in the sprawling basement of a Washington, DC office building. This collection is rarely presented publicly but was most recently mounted by the National Constitution Center in "The Art of the American Soldier."
After Brain Injuries, Troops Hit The Mental Gym
May 12, 2011
Wounded troops often spend months in physical therapy to regain strength in their damaged bodies. Now, the military is trying something similar for military personnel with injured brains.
Right mix of nutrients may help heal brain injuries
April 22, 2011
A new report published by the Institute of Medicine suggests that nutrition may boost brain healing, especially if a patient gets the right mix soon after an injury.
Behavioral Health Desk:
Local veterans' groups pleased with new PTSD regulations
July 14, 2010
Local Veterans groups and Veterans' Affairs officials are applauding new federal legislation regarding benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Maiken Scott reports from WHYY's Behavioral Health Desk.
Gone and forgotten...until now
June 1, 2010
Hundreds of cremated remains of former soldiers have sat for decades, unclaimed, on shelves of funeral homes in New Jersey. A group of living veterans are giving the dead the burial they never had.
The inner wars our soldiers are fighting
March 18, 2010
Much has been written about the wars being fought by U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. In her new book, The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of Our Soldiers, Nancy Sherman probes the inner war being fought by service men and women. A philosopher and psychoanalyst who teaches ethics at Georgetown University and the U.S. Naval Academy, Sherman examines the ethical and moral dilemmas faced by modern warriors, and the lingering effects their choices have for the rest of their lives, and U.S. society.