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Monday, March 06, 2006

NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Discussion on Troop Mental Health

A big, hearty thank you goes out to The Diane Rehm show which today devoted one full hour of programming to the topic of Mental Health and Military Service in Iraq. The show discussed the "types of problems [our combat troops] are experiencing, the help available, and long term cost to individuals, their families, and the nation."

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Guests included:

  • Charles Sheehan-Miles, executive director of Veterans for Common Sense and a veteran of the first Gulf War (and who just last week left a comment right here at our fledgling PTSD Combat blog)
  • Col. Dr. Charles Hoge, director of the division of psychiatry and neuroscience at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and author of a ground-breaking study on troop health released last week to front-page headlines
  • Chaplain John Morris, chaplain for the Minnesota National Guard
  • Craig Smith, served as a Specialist in Operation Iraqi Freedom from April to November 2003
Listen to the full program [Real Audio - Windows Media], and then send your thanks to Ms. Rehm for devoting such a large portion of her program to this important topic today.

And a Personal Thank You

A personal 'thank you' goes out to a tireless Vietnam vet with the biggest of hearts, Jim Starowicz. Jim (who has his own very fine blog) has been one of my strongest allies in collecting interesting PTSD-related information to pass along to you. Thank you, Jim. Oh, if there were more like you in the world! But, I'm glad we have you.

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