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Friday, November 20, 2009

Veterans, Reintegration and Military Mental Health: A Selection of Recent Broadcasts



Sharing a few recent programs that examine some of the reintegration issues of our returning troops. Thursday's Diane Rehm Show devoted the hour to military mental health [listen].

Mental health in the military: Increasing rates of suicide, depression, and substance abuse raise concerns about mental illness in the armed forces. What's being done to assess and treat mental health problems in the U.S. military?

Guests

Yochi Dreazen, military correspondent for "The Wall Street Journal"

Nancy Sherman, Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law School. She served as the inaugural holder of the Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the US Naval Academy from 1997-9. She is the author of three books, including 'Stoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy Behind the Military Mind.' She is at work on a new book titled 'The Untold War: Inside the Hearts and Minds and Souls of Our Soldiers.'

S. Ward Casscells, M.D., John E. Tyson Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Public Health, and Vice President for External Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is the former Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs).

Jennifer Crane, served in the Army from 2000 to 2003. She is a volunteer with the non profit organization 'Give an Hour.' Give an Hour is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jeff Hall, is a Major in the Army now based in Fort Riley, Kansas. He served two terms in Iraq.


In educational interest, article(s) quoted from extensively.

An informative round table discussion, Houston PBS:

An estimated 20% of veterans suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, and 2008 has the distinction of being the year with the highest record of veteran suicides to date.

As the wars continue in Iraq & Afghanistan, what is the psychological toll taken on todays armed forces? Guests include: Captain W.O. King, U.S. Navy (Ret.); Marcus Smith, Outreach Specialist, Vet Centers-Houston; John Vincent, Ph.D, Director of Clinical Psychology, University of Houston; original broadcast date November 13, 2009.



And from The Massachusetts School of Law:

Female veteran's of the war in Iraq speak about soldiers dying on their watch, dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and the difficulties of returning home. In this episode of The Massachusetts School of Law's Educational Forum, Professor of law Diane Sullivan interviews Kirsten Holmstedt on her book, The Girls Come Marching Home: Stories of Women Warriors Returning From The War In Iraq.




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