US Soldier Dies Of Illness Developed In Afghanistan

Army Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr., 20, died July 24, at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas from an illness he contracted while serving in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.

In announcing Hamilton's death, the Department of Defense did not give any information as to the nature of his illness.

The Killeen Daily Herald reports Hamilton's deployment to Afghanistan lasted from July 2013 to March 2014.

Hamilton was from Kenosha ...

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Lawsuit Over Fallen Marine's Missing Heart Gets Tossed

A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by the parents of fallen Marine Corps Sgt. Brian LaLoup against the Greek government and a hospital in Athens for misplacing their son's heart after autopsying his body, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

LaLoup, 21, committed suicide the night of Aug. 12, 2012, while serving at the U.S. Embassy in Greece.

As Home Post reported in late 2013, LaLoup shot ...

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Gary Sinise Hosts Coronado Screening Of 'Travis: A Soldier's Story' (Video)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Village Theater, Coronado


Actor, musician and humanitarian Gary Sinise will host a special screening Tuesday evening of the documentary "Travis: A Soldier's Story" at the Village Theater in Coronado.

The film follows the journey of quadruple amputee Travis Mills as he recovers from devastating injuries he suffered in Afghanistan.

After the screening, audience members can participate in a ...

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San Diego VA Says It's Taking Steps To Reduce New Patient Wait Times

Nationwide, tens of thousands of veterans have been waiting three months or more to get their first VA medical appointment.

The long delays have prompted widespread outrage, triggering audits of dozens of VA medical centers and leading Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign on May 30.

The uproar began earlier this year amid news reports of veterans dying while they waited to get medical appointments and of possible cover-ups ...

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Combat Veteran's Fourth Of July Request For Fireworks Courtesy Goes Viral

Iraq War veteran Jon Dykes suffers from PTSD and found the firecrackers and other pyrotechnics used by his neighbors last year on the Fourth of July left him feeling like he was back in combat.

Earlier this week, Dykes posted a request on Facebook for "fireworks courtesy" from his neighbors. His Facebook post has since gone viral, being shared more than 280,000 times.

Dykes told why he ...

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New Directory For Military Parents Of Special-Needs Kids

From DoD News, Defense Media Activity:

A permanent-change-of-station move prompts its own challenges, but family members with special-needs children face another complexity when looking for the right schools at their new home, a Defense Department official said here yesterday.

Ed Tyner, acting deputy director of DOD’s special needs program, told DoD News that service members and their families can find a comprehensive tool in the newly updated Education Directory ...

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Wounded Warriors Wanted For New Navy Study In San Diego (Video)

San Diego's Naval Health Research Center is looking for Wounded Warriors to take part in its six-year study on the quality of life for men and women who've been injured in the post 9/11 wars.

The Associated Press reports roughly 1,500 people have agreed to participate, but the Navy hopes to have 10,000 for the study.

U.S. military personnel interested in the Wounded Warrior ...

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Report: Military Hospitals More Dangerous For Childbirth Than Civilian Hospitals

Babies born at military hospitals are twice as likely to suffer injury during delivery as infants born in civilian hospitals, according to documents obtained by The New York Times.

More than 50,000 babies are born in military hospitals each year.

In addition, mothers delivering babies at military hospitals were in greater danger than those in civilian medical facilities:

In 40 percent of the military hospitals, mothers were significantly more ...

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San Diego VA Encourages Vets To Seek Treatment For PTSD

The San Diego VA Medical System marked PTSD Awareness Day on Friday by handing out information about two front-line therapies that can help those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

VA officials say two types of psychotherapies have emerged as the most effective treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition that affects many military veterans.

Prolonged exposure therapy helps sufferers deal with activities they’ve been avoiding by experiencing them ...

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Nation Recognizes PTSD Awareness Day

Post-traumatic stress disorder has gotten much attention in recent years because of the high number of military veterans, especially those who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, who suffer from it. But PTSD also affects law enforcement officers, paramedics, firefighters and others who have experienced a traumatic event.

The nation's official day to focus attention on PTSD is Friday. To mark the day, KPBS news anchor Deb Welsh ...

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Study: Brain Injury In Veterans Linked To Alzheimer's Disease

Older veterans who suffered traumatic brain injury earlier in their military careers have a 60 percent greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, according to a new study, published in the medical journal Neurology.

Researchers from U.C. San Francisco and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center examined the medical records of almost 200,000 veterans who were aged 55 or older, according to ...

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Flags Lowered Over State Capitol In Honor Of California National Guardsman

Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered the flags at California's capitol be lowered to half-staff in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Raul Escobedo, 41, a member of the California Army National Guard.

A statement released by the governor's office reads, in part:

[Escobedo] bravely gave his life in service to our state and nation.

The Governor and First Lady extend their deepest condolences to his family and friends at ...

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Average Wait For VA San Diego New Patient Care Is 44 Days

Veterans Affairs medical centers have come under criticism for long wait times for care. These are the VA hospitals in California with the longest average wait times as of May 15 for new patients seeking primary care, specialty care and mental health care, according to audit results released Monday.


Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System: 56.2 days

Loma Linda: 44 days

San Diego ...

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Naval Medical Center Portsmouth On Lockdown After Service Member Stabbed

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia is currently on lockdown, after a service member was stabbed outside the Navy exchange on the hospital's grounds.

WTKR-TV reports the Navy has identified the suspect as Petty Officer 3rd Class Wilbur Harwell.

The medical center's Facebook page describes Harwell this way:

...a white male, 165 pounds, blond hair, blue eyes, wearing tan cargo pants and a white shirt.

Navy spokesman Jim ...

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Study: Iraq War Veterans Sickened By Camp Victory Dust

New research shows an unique type of titanium-filled dust, found at Camp Victory in Iraq, has been discovered in the lungs of several Iraq War veterans suffering from respiratory problems.

Dr. Anthony Szema of Stony Brook School of Medicine told USA Today that the sick veterans originally came into his VA-run allergy clinic because they were suffering from shortness of breath:

"We biopsied several patients and found titanium in every ...

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