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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 MilitaryWithPTSD.com why he ...

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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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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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Military Suicide Rate Down In 2013, But Up For National Guard And Reservists

The latest numbers released by the Department of Defense show the overall totals and rates of military suicides declined in 2013. Preliminary numbers show 261 active duty service members took their own lives last year. In 2012, 319 active duty troops died by suicide.

Army Lt. Gen. Michael Linnington, military deputy at the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, told American Forces Press Service:

“With an ...

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One Veteran's Treatment For PTSD? Going Nude (Video)

Max Sanchez is an Army veteran who saw combat in the Vietnam War. As a result, he suffered from PTSD for decades, with traditional therapies doing little to quell his symptoms. But now Sanchez is enjoying life again, thanks to an unconventional, out-of-the-boxers stress reliever.

Sanchez told Tampa television station WTSP-TV that ever since he moved to The Fountains at Paradise Lakes Nudist Resort in the small Florida community of ...

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Kidnapped Service Dog Returned To Iraq War Veteran (Video)

Iraq War veteran Blanka Stratford was catching a quick bite with friends Saturday when someone snatched her service dog, Spencer, from her car. Fortunately, Spencer and Stratford have been reunited after she offered a $2,000 reward for his return.

Stratford told CNN she was making a cross-country trip from her home in Massachusetts to visit friends in Houston when everything went awry. A split-second decision to leave Spencer in ...

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Veterans' Service Dogs To Get Free Veterinary Care

Veterans with service canines can now get free pet health insurance for their dogs through a Veterans Affairs Department program. The insurance will cover virtually all medical costs for the dogs.

The Military Times reports the VA has contracted with pet health insurance company Trupanion to cover the veterans' cost for preventative care, emergency care, and medications.

To qualify, the dogs must be certified by the VA as service dogs ...

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Video - First Person To Buy Legal Pot In Colorado? Iraq War Veteran

The very first person to ever buy legal marijuana in Colorado is Sean Azzariti, a Marine veteran who served two combat deployments in Iraq.

Azzariti told reporters covering his groundbreaking purchase on New Year's Day that marijuana helps alleviate his post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms:

"I'd rather use cannabis than benzos [benzodiazepines] like Klonopin or Xanax. It's a lot more safe in my opinion. It helps me a ...

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UCSD Study Shows Brain Trauma Increases PTSD Risk In Marines

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) suffered by active-duty Marines deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan is greatest indicator of whether the Marines will later be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new study by UC San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System.

Researchers looked at 1,648 active-duty Marines and Navy servicemen from four Camp Pendleton-based infantry battalions of the First Marine Division, according ...

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Army Releases September 2013 Suicide Stats

The Army released suicide data Thursday for the month of September 2013. During September, among active-duty soldiers, there were nine potential suicides: One has been confirmed as a suicide and eight remain under investigation.

For August 2013, the Army reported 12 potential suicides among active-duty soldiers: five have been confirmed as suicides and seven are under investigation. For CY 2013, there have been 115 potential active-duty suicides: 58 have been ...

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Who Was Aaron Alexis? (Video)

Aaron Alexis attained a spot in American mass shooting infamy on Monday by killing 12 civilians who worked at the Washington Navy Yard. But before Monday, who exactly was Aaron Alexis?

The 34-year-old was born in the Queens borough of New York City, and served as a Navy reservist from 2007 until 2011. CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr reports while Alexis was in the military, he was reprimanded eight different ...

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Progress For Camp Pendleton Marines And Suicide Prevention

From the I Marine Expeditionary Force:

The Marine Corps is a family that mourns when it loses any member and takes every precaution to eliminate death from preventable causes. Suicide is one of the most preventable causes of death in the Marine Corps, and statistics show the Corps' prevention efforts are paying off.

“The implementation of the Never Leave a Marine Behind Program (NLMB) over the past two years is ...

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Army Releases June 2013 Suicide Information

From U.S. Department of Defense:

The Army released this week suicide data for the month of June 2013. During June, among active-duty soldiers, there were 14 potential suicides: four have been confirmed as suicides and 10 remain under investigation. For May 2013, the Army reported 12 potential suicides among active-duty soldiers: two have been confirmed as suicides and 10 are under investigation. For CY 2013, there have been 77 ...

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Army Releases May 2013 Suicide Information

From the U.S. Department of Defense:

The Army released suicide data today for the month of May 2013. During May, among active-duty soldiers, there were 12 potential suicides. None have been confirmed as suicides and 12 remain under investigation. For April 2013, the Army reported 11 potential suicides among active-duty soldiers: five have been confirmed as suicides and six are under investigation. For calendar year 2013, there have been ...

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