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The Incredible Bond Between A Group Of Combat Vets And Wild Wolves

By JAMES CLARK on June 1, 2016

The bond between a group of combat veterans and wild wolves, both suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, is the focus of an upcoming documentary called “The War In Between.

The film is set at the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center, or LARC, where wolves rescued from roadside attractions, breeders, and other exploitative situations, are paired with veterans suffering from mental trauma sustained in combat. The back-to-nature therapy retreat is located on 20 acres in the Los Padres National forest in Ventura County, California, and is home to about 40 rescued wolves.

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DoD Observes National PTSD Awareness Day

By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2015 — Today’s National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day observance reflects how PTSD became known as an “invisible wound of war” during more than a decade of combat, a Defense Health Agency official said.

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Malaria drug causes brain damage that mimics PTSD: case study

Patricia Kime, Military Times 7:52 a.m. EDT August 12, 2016

The case of a service member diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder but found instead to have brain damage caused by a malaria drug raises questions about the origin of similar symptoms in other post-9/11 veterans.

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War Studies Suggest A Concussion Leaves The Brain Vulnerable To PTSD

Jon Hamilton
September 26, 2016·4:39 AM ET

There's growing evidence that a physical injury to the brain can make people susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder

Studies of troops who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have found that service members who have suffered a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury are far more likely to develop PTSD, a condition that can cause flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety for years after a traumatic event.

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Ranch Reaches Out To Veterans

By Emily Thornton
Staff Writer Sep 27, 2016

When her husband was killed in action on Jan. 27, 2009, leaving Nicole Johnson with two children, she said she wanted to do something.

She said her in-laws — late Marine Sgt. Trevor Johnson’s parents, also wanted to take action.

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This Film Shows How The Government Fails Vets On Mental Health

on October 19, 2016

It’s no secret that our newest generation of warfighters has been plagued with a slew of mental health issues over the past decade and a half. Though suicide statistics are somewhat difficult to come by, there’s no doubt that diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues affect significant numbers of post-9/11 vets. Who, if anyone, is to blame for this disgrace? And what can be done about it? These are the questions Tom Donahue brilliantly shines a light on in “Thank You For Your Service” — an important documentary for anyone wanting to understand the impact of mental health problems on our veterans.

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Graduation day for Pendleton Marine's inmate-trained service dog

By Debbi Baker
November 15, 2016, 7:50 AM | Reporting from San Diego

It was a happy and poignant day on Monday for a war-wounded Camp Pendleton Marine who received a service dog and life-saving companion, trained by prisoners at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.

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EOD Marine battles enemy within; credits colleagues for saving his life

By Emily Greene, Marine Corps Systems Command

6 Jan. 2017

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, VA -- Master Sgt. Clifford F is one tough Marine. As an explosive ordnance disposal technician with four combat tours under his belt, he has years of experience neutralizing and disposing of deadly explosives, including improvised explosive devices, the signature weapon of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom...

... Little did he know his life was on the line again, but in a way he never saw coming. This time the enemy was himself...

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BLAST: Greater Speed, Accuracy in Recognizing Brain Injury

Story by Warren Duffie
Date Taken: 01.12.2017 | Date Posted: 01.12.2017 16:24

ARLINGTON, Va.—Modern body armor better protects warfighters against shrapnel from explosive blasts. However, they still face a hidden threat—the resulting blast pressure and shock wave that could cause traumatic brain injury (TBI).

To fight this invisible, insidious adversary, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is sponsoring the development of a portable, three-part system that can measure blast pressure, establish injury thresholds for the brain and analyze potential TBI symptoms. It’s called Blast Load Assessment Sense and Test—BLAST, for short.

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Signs to look for when it comes to PTSD

Posted: Jan 23, 2017 7:15 AM CST | Updated: Jan 23, 2017 7:15 AM CST
By Roland Rodriguez

PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is defined as a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or seeing a terrifying event.

“Sometimes people think of PTSD as a passing phase or reaction. Also, like hypertension or diabetes, once you have PTSD, it must be treated seriously, must be treated medically, actually. We have more veterans returning from various engagements around the world; we are going to be diagnosing and treating this condition," said Bayview Behavioral Hospital  psychiatrist Dr. John Lusins.

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Veterans walking from Camp Lejeune to Arlington Cemetery pass through Kinston

By Dustin George 
Staff Writer, The Free Press
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at 6:00 AM | Updated Apr 20, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Three men walking from N.C. to Washington D.C. to raise awareness of veteran suicide made their way through Lenoir County this week.

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Powerful Photos Depict Veterans Who Use Art Therapy To Heal

Chris McGonigal The Huffington Post
01/22/2015 03:26 pm ET | Updated Jan 25, 2015
This photo series originally appeared in the February issue of National Geographic magazine

Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan often return home with wounds that can’t be seen on the surface: brain injuries resulting from the shockwaves that follow explosions.

Some veterans, including service members at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, have attempted to cope with the challenges they face through art therapy.

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