States Filling In Gaps In Veterans’ Mental Health Care
Several states are moving legislation and introducing PTSD programs to target what they see as holes in the care offered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. In other news, lawmakers and veterans are speaking up about the dangers of the military's "burn pits."
Helping Traumatized Veterans
A staggering share of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have been returning home with mental illnesses brought on by their time overseas. But as hundreds of thousands struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, many are going without the help they need, which is prompting several states to step in. (Fifield, 4/23)
The St. Paul Pioneer Press:
New U.S. Military Casualties: Vets Sickened By Base Burn Pits
Melissa Gillett recalls the sickly sweet, nearly vomit-inducing smell during her runs around Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, where she served as a member of the Minnesota National Guard. The revolting odor emanated from a large “burn pit,” one of many the U.S. military has used over the years in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places to dispose of trash, chemicals and more. Gillett did her best to avoid the burn pit’s smoke, steering clear if she couldn’t peer through it, but she said she breathed it in pretty much nonstop during her six-month tour of duty in late 2009 and early 2010. And now the 29-year-old Fargo woman is sick, very sick. (Ojeda-Zapata, 4/24)