Update #16 ·

Native American Veterans and PTSD

Native American Traditions and PTSD “Guilt and shame are the biggest things guys bring back with them,” Telonidis said. Often, veterans with PTSD have one particular image that is frightening and they relive it over and over. Sometimes it’s the death of a colleague or friend or a memory of killing an enemy http://elkodaily.com/news/local/documentary-looks-at-native-american-traditions-and-ptsd/article_c9f45160-53de-11e3-bcc9-001a4bcf887a.html

The Matsunaga Vietnam Veterans Project, one of the largest surveys of Native
American Vietnam Veterans
  found that one third of these veterans lived with
full or partial PTSD at the time of the study, more than 25 years after the war,
a prevalence more than twice as high as that of white or Japanese American
Vietnam veterans. The project also documented the social isolation experienced
by many Native Veterans. Untangling these patterns can be difficult: is the high
rate of isolation reported by Native Veterans related to culture or the fact
that many live in rural areas? National Alliance on Mental Illness http://www.nami.org/

Defense Health Agency Mission Statement: The Defense Health Agency Reserve and Service Member Support Office Great Lakes, IL (R&SMSO-GL) directly supports the provision of medical care to remotely located Active Duty and Reserve Component Service Members within the 50 United States and District of Columbia through TRICARE Prime Remote and the Supplemental Health Care Program. http://www.tricare.mil/tma/MMSO/

IF CURRENT policies and regulations are NOT enforced CURRENT Reserve Component Service Members and OIF/OEF Veterans WILL continue to be DENIED the Mental and Medical Health Care Benefits that they EARNED http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r600_8_4.pdf

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