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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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Study: PTSD Linked To Heart Disease In Veterans

Veterans of the Vietnam War-era who were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder were more than twice as likely as their counterparts without PTSD to develop heart disease, according to a new study funded by National Institutes of Health.

Researchers at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health compared the health histories of 562 male twins from the Vietnam Era Twin Registry. They found almost 23 percent of twins diagnosed ...

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Wounded Warriors Pay Tribute To James Gandolfini (Video)

The tributes are pouring in for actor James Gandolfini, who died Wednesday at age 51. Many of them are from wounded veterans and service members, with whom Gandolfini worked closely.

Upon learning of Gandolfini's death, quadruple amputee Staff Sgt. Travis Mills and his wife posted on Facebook:

"We are so saddened to hear of the passing of James Gandolfini! He was a great man and huge supporter of our ...

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Army Releases April 2013 Suicide Information

From the U.S. Department of Defense:

The Army released suicide data today for the month of April 2013. During April, among active-duty soldiers, there were 11 potential suicides: one has been confirmed as a suicide and 10 remain under investigation.

For March 2013, the Army reported 10 potential suicides among active-duty soldiers; six have been confirmed as suicides and four are under investigation.

For 2013, there have been 52 ...

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Dogs With PTSD Get Help From Military Veterinarian (Video)

Ever since canine post-traumatic stress disorder became an accepted diagnosis for some military working dogs, veterinarians have been trying to figure out how to treat it.

Military veterinarian Maj. Andrew McGraw uses a combination of anti-anxiety medication and desensitization therapy - similar treatment to what humans with PTSD receive.

Army dog handler Sgt. Jon Silvey, based at Fort Carson in Colorado, brought his MWD Turbo to McGraw for help. Denver television ...

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Army Releases March 2013 Suicide Information

From U.S. Department of Defense:

The Army released suicide data today for the month of March 2013. During March, among active-duty soldiers, there were 10 potential suicides: three have been confirmed as suicides and seven remain under investigation. For February 2013, the Army reported 11 potential suicides among active-duty soldiers; four have been confirmed as suicides and seven are under investigation. For 2013, there have been 41 potential active-duty ...

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