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Courtesy Image: Commonwealth of Australia 2013 I write as the mother of an ex-Army son and a person concerned about our returning military service men and women both here, in Australia, and overseas. It has become apparent to many that the toll on these people has been great. Australia, like America, is experiencing an increase in suicide, depression, alcohol abuse and post-traumatic stress upon our children’s, family members’ and friends’ return. After witnessing it personally and hearing about some of my son’s friends and their problems months after coming home, I could see a direct correlation with my background. I’ve never been to war; but I survived a terribly abusive childhood, which left much damage.
Jonathan Evison's latest novel is The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. Every two or three years, if I'm lucky, I get my hands on a novel that I simply can't shut up about, a novel I shout from my humble mountaintop to anyone who will listen, a novel that I hand-sell any time I have a literate audience of one or more. In many cases, I'll purchase this novel, over and over and over, and put it in the hands of readers. The last novel that knocked me for this kind of a whammy was Hesh Kestin's criminally underappreciated The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats , which left me breathless with its mastery of character and suspense.
With post-9/11 veterans facing an unemployment rate of more than 10 percent, a new Army campaign is taking aim at roadblocks many returning soldiers face as they reenter the workplace. The Hire a Veteran education campaign, conducted in conjunction with the Society for Human Resource Management, was unveiled Monday to address the employment needs of the 16,000 disabled veterans expected to return to the work force each year for the next 5 years. The study showed employers had three major concerns when considering a veteran for a position: concerns about the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury on job performance; the cost of reasonable accommodations for the disabled; and lack of knowledge on how military skills translate to non-military jobs. "The Army rehabilitated and returned 50 percent of our wounded, ill and injured soldiers back to the force to continue to serve, and we are not stopping there," said Brig.
Iraq War veteran Brian Castner opens his new memoir, The Long Walk, with a direct and disturbing warning: "The first thing you should know about me is that I'm Crazy," he writes. "I haven't always been.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has prioritized a new program to hire approximately 1,600 new mental health professionals.
Name : Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Big Idea : IAVA is the first and largest non-profit for returning veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.
With thousands of veterans home from the Iraq war and thousands more coming home from Afghanistan, colleges across the country are addressing ways to meet their needs.
On Thursday and Friday of last week, the National Guard teamed up with the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to co-host the third annual “Operation Immersion,” a two-day, overnight mission for workers from behavioral health service providers throughout Rhode Island and surrounding states. The idea behind the “immersion” is to give providers insight into military life to better prepare them to work with National Guard men and women who have served in the military during wartime.
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By Sandra G. Boodman When Brian Hawthorne enrolled at George Washington University as a 23-year-old junior after two tours in Iraq, the former Army medic was unprepared for the adjustment.
Mental Health Troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan face tremendous stress, and as many as 300,000 American troops have returned home with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder or depression.
Achilles Update After two years in development, the initiative team has designed the most complete resilience training program in the world, has trialed it in the UK and Sierra Leone and is currently looking for partner organisations working in areas of conflict to deliver it with and conduct further research. Achilles Project Time-line