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Virtual Interviewers Help Service Members and Veterans Open Up About PTSD

Stigma is hard on everyone it impacts, but when it keeps people away from their doctors, or keeps them silent about their concerns, it can be deadly. While organizations like ours work to fight stigma day by day, there’s no denying that it’s still pervasive — especially when it comes to talking about issues aside […]

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Virtual Reality is Helping Veterans From WWII Onward

For many of the veterans of World War II, war memorials are out of reach. They’re in their late 80s and 90s now and travel can be a challenge, even with the help of programs like Honor Flight. That’s why Honor Everywhere 360 was created — a virtual reality tour of U.S. War Memorials in […]

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Try ‘Long Gone Days,’ an Upcoming RPG that Explores the Emotional Impact of War

Long Gone Days isn’t exactly the story of modern warfare — it takes place in a dystopian reality sometime in our near future. But even if there are elements of science fiction or alternate history in its setting, its creators didn’t shirk on doing their real-life research. Because unit morale and emotional costs are important […]

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#22pushups Draws Attention to Veterans’ Mental Health Issues

If you can do a single pushup, assisted or otherwise, you can be part of a campaign to raise awareness of veteran suicide prevention. It’s a cause that could use attention — veterans in the U.S. are 50% more likely to take their own lives than people who have never served, and according to the […]

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This Game May Help Us Understand the Mental Health Toll of Being a Drone Pilot

Kill Box has ambitions that many players will find disturbing — it aims to put them in the shoes of both a Pakistani child and the U.S. drone pilot responsible for killing them. In doing so, its creators hope to draw attention to the mental health consequences of flying drone missions. Fast Company spoke with […]

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PTSD Study Takes Veterans Out to Ride the Rapids

Taking part in a PTSD study doesn’t sound like a particularly fun way to spend the summer, but a group of researchers at UC Berkeley is challenging that assumption with a whitewater rafting experience for veterans and inner-city youths. The study is led by Craig Anderson, a Berkeley doctoral student in psychology. Anderson and his […]

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‘The Face of PTSD’ Will Tell Veterans’ Stories to Tear Down Stereotypes

The Face of PTSD Indiegogo Trailer from Malka MG on Vimeo. A new documentary aims to show the reality of life with PTSD for veterans across America, a situation that too often involves dealing with stereotypes of violence and unpredictable danger. The Face of PTSD wants to help break down those stereotypes and show what […]

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New Bill Would Provide Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD

Last week, Republicans introduced a bill with what has to be one of the best backronyms to ever reach Congress: PAWS – the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act. But it’s not just a perfect name – it’s also a wonderful idea. The PAWS Act would provide funding and direction for a pilot program with the […]

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Afghanistan veteran challenges the conversation around PTSD in the media

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been in the news in the few days since Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, spoke out about her son Track’s experiences coming home from serving in Iraq. She indicated to the media that his recent arrest on charges of domestic violence was a ramification of PTSD, igniting a national […]

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The World Had Moved On

By: Steve Machuga How did video games help me with my anxiety? Well, I wouldn’t call it “anxiety” but more “post-traumatic stress disorder” or “PTSD” as all the hip kids are calling it nowadays. I spent 2003-2004 deployed with 3rd Stryker Brigade of 2nd Infantry Division to Iraq as a member of Operation Iraqi Freedom. […]

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