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Help available for Lejeune Marines with PTSD


6/24/2011 By Lance Cpl. Walter D. Marino II , 2nd Marine Division

 

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Imagine you’re driving down a road with loved ones and suddenly a deer leaps in front of your car. Maybe you’re able to avoid the crash, maybe not – either way, that moment will affect you for the rest of your drive and maybe the rest of your life. Now multiply that by 100 and you might have an idea of what it’s like to encounter an improvised explosive device.

 

http://www.marine-corps-news.com/2011/06/help_available_for_lejeune...

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Marine Corps Wages War on PTSD

OSCAR, the mental health arm of the Marine Corps, offers a host of services designed to ensure that no Marine has to recover alone from the trauma of battle.


By Judy Erickson
July 14, 2011

 

In an effort to identify and treat Marines who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the Navy and Marine Corps have developed certain protocols in recent years. Psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and psychiatric technicians deploy with and also live in regiments on the front lines with troops.

 

http://www.marine-corps-news.com/2011/07/marine_corps_wages_war_on_...

 

Vets with PTSD, government reach settlement


By Kimberly Hefling - The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Jul 29, 2011 7:25:44 EDT

 

WASHINGTON — More than a thousand Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder would be given lifetime disability retirement benefits such as military health insurance under the terms of a settlement reached between the government and the veterans.

 

http://www.marine-corps-news.com/2011/07/vets_with_ptsd_government_...

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Vet struggles to get care for PTSD, TBI


By Tanya Eiserer - Dallas Morning News
Posted : Monday Aug 29, 2011 11:40:38 EDT

DALLAS — Dallas police Officer Andrew Litz falls frequently and can’t walk across the room without help.

 

He sometimes uses a wheelchair or cane. He suffers seizures. He’s confused and disoriented. He’s in and out of the emergency room almost every week.

 

After three combat tours in Iraq, he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury caused by a 2005 roadside bomb.

 

http://www.marine-corps-news.com/2011/08/vet_struggles_to_get_care_...

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Shelter dogs train to aid vets with PTSD


By Janese Silvey - The Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune via AP
Posted : Saturday Sep 3, 2011 10:18:36 EDT

 

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Aaron Johnson applauded when Stella, a boxer mix, made it through a dark, curved tunnel on an obstacle course at Columbia Canine Sports Center.

 

http://www.marine-corps-news.com/2011/09/shelter_dogs_train_to_aid_...

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Pendleton leads way in easing hell of war


By MARK WALKER | Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2011 5:30 am

 

The Marine Corps is trying to ease some of the hell of war, ordering that initiatives with roots at Camp Pendleton be put in place across the force to stem troop suicides and reduce combat stress disorder.

 

One initiative requires that all units returning from the battlefield stay together for 90 days so troops can decompress.

 

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War-torn marriage: Family shattered by TBI, PTSD picks up pieces


By Megan McCloskey
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 20, 2011

 

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The breaking point came when Sandra Rivera found their 9-year-old son backed against a wall with his arms over his face, shielding himself from her husband’s screaming.

 

Desperate, she did what is unfathomable for a Marine wife: She called her husband’s commander.

 

http://www.marine-corps-news.com/2011/11/wartorn_marriage_family_sh...

 

Gunnery Sgt. Felix Rivera with his son, Christian, and his wife, Sandra, at a White House event for caregivers of wounded servicemembers this summer. Felix has traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder from getting blown up in Afghanistan in 2009. It took the last two and half years for the family to find their footing again.

 

Idea to take the 'D' out of PTSD being studied

 

By Lindsay Wise
Houston Chronicle
Published: January 16, 2012

 

The president of the American Psychiatric Association says he is "very open" to a request from the Army to come up with an alternative name for post-traumatic stress disorder so that troops returning from combat will feel less stigmatized and more encouraged to seek treatment.

 

http://www.marine-corps-news.com/2012/01/idea_to_take_the_d_out_of_...

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For Wounded Vet, Love Pierces the Fog of War

 

By MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS
FEBRUARY 4, 2012

 

DALLAS—The night Katie Brickman met Ian Welch at the bar, she knew right away the Iraq war veteran was the man she wanted to marry.

 

That made it all the more jarring when he asked a favor as they said goodbye in the parking lot: "When you see me again, just say, 'Hi, Ian, you remember me,' so I'll know that we've met before."

 

So began the wartime love triangle of Ms. Brickman, Mr. Welch and his post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

http://www.marine-corps-news.com/2012/02/for_wounded_vet_love_pierc...

 

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Ian Welch reported to boot camp on Sept. 10, 2001. After three tours of duty in Iraq, he retired on Feb. 27, 2010, for medical reasons, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Powerful and moving photo essay.

Warning: This photo essay contains graphic images.

 

Welcome Home

 

Photo Essay: The Story of Scott Ostrom
Friday, December 30th, 2011

 

After serving four years as a reconnaissance man and deploying twice to Iraq, Brian Scott Ostrom, now 27, returned home to the U.S. with a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder. “The most important part of my life already happened. The most devastating. The chance to come home in a box. Nothing is ever going to compare to what I’ve done, so I’m struggling to be at peace with that,” Scott said. He attributes his PTSD to his second deployment to Iraq, where he served seven months in Fallujah with the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion. “It was the most brutal time of my life,” he said. “I didn’t realize it because I was living it. It was a part of me.” Since his discharge, Scott has struggled with daily life, from finding and keeping employment to maintaining healthy relationships. But most of all, he’s struggled to overcome his brutal and haunting memories of Iraq. Nearly five years later, Scott remains conflicted by the war. Though he is proud of his service and cares greatly for his fellow Marines, he still carries guilt for things he did — and didn’t do — fighting a war he no longer believes in.

 

http://www.marine-corps-news.com/2011/12/welcome_home.htm

 

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Division Psychiatry helps Marines get back in the fight

 

4/23/2012 By Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde , 2nd Marine Division

 

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.. — Life as a service member can be quite stressful, especially in the Marine Corps. Deployments, frequent training and even the stress of balancing family life with military obligation, all weigh in on the individual Marine at one point or another and can sometimes overwhelm the service member to the point where they need a helping hand.

 

http://www.marine-corps-news.com/2012/04/division_psychiatry_helps_...

 

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Program helps Marines with invisible wounds

 

Story by Aquita Brown | Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment | Date: 04.26.2012

 

FORT CARSON, Colo. — “There is nothing wrong with having post traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. You are not letting anyone down when you seek help for the symptoms that you are encountering and you are not alone in the fight.”

 

http://www.marine-corps-news.com/2012/04/program_helps_marines_with...

 

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