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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Gulf War Vet Dies on Road to Honor the Fallen, Are Doctors Over-Diagnosing PTSD?, Colbert Nation to Invade the Middle East, VFA News, MTV's Real World

  • USA Today | Veteran on cross-country trek dies - "A disabled Gulf War veteran who left Norman earlier this month on a hand-propelled bicycle headed for Washington D.C. to honor fallen soldiers has died. Kevin Baker suffered a seizure Friday morning in his sleep at the home of some friends in Lake Charles, La., said Norman resident Diane Zellner. He died in an ambulance en route to a local hospital, Zellner said she was told. Baker, a 39-year-old Navy veteran, had a history of seizures, stemming from a traumatic brain injury, she said. He also had been diagnosed with lymphoma."

  • Scientific American | Soldiers' Stress: What Doctors Get Wrong about PTSD - A provoking article (of thought, certainly, and anger in some as well) says that PTSD "is under fire because its defining criteria are too broad, leading to rampant overdiagnosis;" that the "flawed PTSD concept may mistake soldiers' natural process of adjustment to civilian life for dysfunction;" and that "misdiagnosed soldiers receive the wrong treatments and risk becoming mired in a Veterans Administration system that encourages chronic disability." Mind Hanks has more commentary (its comments are reflective of the opinion tug of war).

  • On a lighter note, comedian and Comedy Central talk show host Stephen Colbert plans to take The Colbert Report to the Middle East. "I’m not supposed to tell anyone where I’m going, but just say it’s sandy and they’d like us to leave," Colbert told Stars and Stripes on Tuesday.

  • Veterans For America | News Analysis: March 18, 2009 - Always recommended, John Steinman collects another day's worth of valuable info- and link-laden tidbits.

  • MTV's “The Real World” highlights cast member and Iraq vet Ryan's recent visit to the New York office of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). The episode, premiering tonight and rerun throughout the week, has Ryan marching in the Veterans' Day Parade and attending IAVA's Second Annual Heroes Gala.
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