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Home Fires features the writing of men and women who have returned from wartime service in the United States military. This is the last of a three-part series . Michael D. Fay Lance Cpl.
By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY Updated 03/18/2011 01:23:18 AM | The suicide rate for female soldiers triples when they go to war, according to the first round of preliminary data from an Army study.
Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused in WikiLeaks case, has been in solitary confinement for months Terry Kupers: Defense officials say he is stripped of clothes at night to prevent suicide Kupers: But inhumane conditions of solitary confinement cause suicide, amount to torture Abuse is widespread, he writes, isolation is cruel and unusual punishment Editor's note: Terry A. Kupers is institute professor at The Wright Institute and author of "Prison Madness: The Mental Health Crisis Behind Bars and What We Must Do About It." He testifies as a psychiatric expert in court about prison conditions and the quality of correctional mental health care. He received the exemplary psychiatrist award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness in 2005, and the William Rossiter Award from the Forensic Mental Health Association of California in 2009.
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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - A military task force directed by Congress to evaluate care for wounded soldiers has begun its research with a visit to Fort Campbell, where thousands of soldiers are returning this year from Afghanistan. The visit this week to the installation on the Tennessee-Kentucky line is one of 10 visits the 14-member Recovering Warrior Task Force will make this year to look at the effectiveness of military programs for soldiers recovering from injury or illness. Dr. Karen Guice, a task force co-chair, said Congress asked the military last year to set up the panel to look at 14 different issues surrounding the treatment of wounded and ill soldiers, ranging from staffing, support for family and caregivers and treatment of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. "A lot has been done since the wars have started and this is an effort to look at effectiveness," she said Wednesday.
Most military beneficiaries haven’t heard of “patient-centered medical home,” a civilian-conceived strategy to improve managed care. Yet 655,000 military beneficiaries who use base clinics and hospitals have been enrolled with a home team over the past 14 months, and that number is projected to double this year and double again, to 2.5 million beneficiaries in 2012. The military’s direct-care system, in effect, is quietly orchestrating its own major health care reform. And though it didn’t conceive the concept or that mouthful of an acronym, the military might be showing the nation how to embrace direct care and clear some of its highest hurdles.
A sniper's bullet in Iraq left Staff Sgt. Matthew Keil paralyzed His wife, Tracy, works around the clock to care for him They are waiting for a law that will provide money and training for wounded vets' caregivers Until the law takes effect, Tracy says "it's like I'm working for the VA for free" Parker, Colorado (CNN) -- When the sniper's bullet hit his neck, Staff Sgt. Matthew Keil nearly blacked out. "I had heard the gunshot, and it felt like someone had kicked me right in the back.
In his last months alive, Senior Airman Anthony Mena rarely left home without a backpack filled with medications. He returned from his second deployment to Iraq complaining of back pain, , anxiety and . Doctors diagnosed and prescribed powerful cocktails of psychiatric drugs and narcotics. Yet his pain only deepened, as did his .
A mental health specialist recommended that the Army private accused of leaking classified material to the anti-secrecy Web site WikiLeaks not be deployed to Iraq , but his immediate commanders sent him anyway, according to a military official familiar with a new Army investigation. The recommendation by the specialist at Fort Drum, N.Y., did not disqualify Pfc. Bradley E. Manning from being sent to Iraq.
By Mimi Hall, USA TODAY Updated 1/28/2011 9:37:25 AM |
The President 's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors made six broad recommendations yesterday for "fundamental changes" to the military 's medical system and assistance for veterans. 1. Immediately Create Comprehensive Recovery Plans: The commission recommends developing a "Recovery Plan" for every seriously injured service member and creating "Recovery Coordinators" -- public-health professionals to help implement the plan. 2. Completely Restructure the Disability and Compensation Systems: The Defense Department would determine an injured soldier's "fitness" to continue serving. To avoid conflicting assessments, disability evaluations and payments would be made solely by the Veterans Affairs Department.
In recent years, the military has been encouraging its active duty troops to acknowledge the emotional and psychological stress of deployment, hoping to break through the resistance some people have to seeking help. A new study of recent veterans living in New York State suggests that some of the same resistance continues among men and women who have left the military. The study, by the Rand Corporation, found that only about a third of the veterans who appeared to need mental health care – typically for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or substance abuse – had actually received it in the previous year.
For the second year in a row , more American soldiers—both enlisted men and women and veterans—committed suicide than were killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Excluding accidents and illness, 462 soldiers died in combat, while 468 committed suicide. A difference of six isn't vast by any means, but the symbolism is significant and troubling.
An inspector general's report estimates that 25- to 35-percent of about ten-thousand U.S. Army soldiers in special wounded units are either dependent on or addicted to prescription narcotic painkillers. The so-called Warrior Transition Units were created following media reports in 2007 about poorly managed processing of wounded and ill soldiers at Walter Reed Army Hospital. The report says the units have become costly way stations where injured or ill soldiers can wait more than a year for a medical discharge. It calls the Army's medical discharge process complex and disjointed. The commander of the Warrior Transition Units program questioned the report's findings, saying the percentages were based on estimates made by unit case managers and nurses.
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