Category Archives: Veterans Injuries

Four Theories About the High Rate of Veteran Suicides

Four Theories About the High Rate of Veteran Suicides

Writing recently in The Washington Post, military author Thomas E. Ricks attempted to answer why so many veterans continue to take their own lives at a higher rate than their civilian counterparts. Relating several anecdotes about military acquaintances who committed suicide, he notes that the suicide rate for veterans has increased 35 percent since 2001…. Read More »

Opioid Addiction Crisis Taking Heavy Toll on Veteran Population

Opioid Addiction Crisis Taking Heavy Toll on Veteran Population

Last October, Reuters reported some alarming facts about how the current opioid crisis sweeping the nation is affecting the veteran population. Key assertions in the story included: Opioid drug abuse has killed more Americans than the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars combined. Veterans are twice as likely as nonveterans to die from accidental overdoses of… Read More »

VA to Study Vietnam Vets’ Risk of Parasite-Related Liver Cancer

The Department of Veterans Affairs is planning a large-scale epidemiologic study to determine whether Vietnam-era veterans stationed in Southeast Asia are more likely to develop an aggressive liver cancer linked to common parasites from the area. The study follows a small pilot program by researchers at the Northport VA Medical Center, which tested 50 local… Read More »

U.S. Dept. of Labor Judge Rules Military Burn Pits in Iraq Caused Civilian Contractor’s Illness

New Generation of Veterans Sickened by Toxic Burn Pits

In a case that could prove helpful to U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars, a judge in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office for Workers’ Compensation Programs found that open-air burn pits could have caused a military contractor’s illness, and therefore her employer and its insurance company are liable for her medical bills…. Read More »

Study Raises Doubts About Blood Pressure Drug’s Helpfulness for Vets with PTSD

A study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine calls into question the usefulness of a blood pressure medication that about one in six veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder currently takes to control nightmares. The drug, prazosin, did not help the subjects sleep better. It did reduce distressing dreams, but on that point,… Read More »

New Generation of Veterans Sickened by Toxic Burn Pits

New Generation of Veterans Sickened by Toxic Burn Pits

What Agent Orange was to the Vietnam War generation, toxic burn pits might be to Gulf War–era service members. The Tampa Bay Times recently reported that “nearly 120,000 people…have registered with the Department of Veterans Affairs because of health problems they blame on their exposure to burn pits.” In remote areas of Iraq and Afghanistan,… Read More »

VA’s New Wait-List Scandal: Delays in Seeing Outside Doctors

VA’s New Wait-List Scandal: Delays in Seeing Outside Doctors

A recent report by Fox News exposed a simmering scandal at the Shreveport VA hospital, where, according to a whistleblower, more than 2,900 veterans are waiting to see non-VA doctors, which is their right under the Veterans Choice Program. Three years ago, clinical social worker Shea Wilkes revealed a secret wait-list of 2,700 veterans seeking… Read More »

VA Dentist May Have Exposed 600 Veterans to HIV Infection Risk

Almost 600 veterans who got dental care at the Tomah VA Medical Center in Wisconsin may need to be tested for exposure to HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C because the dentist who treated them failed to use sterile, disposable instruments during routine exams, as per VA rules. Victoria Brahm, the center’s acting director, explained… Read More »

VA Releases Report on Nation’s Largest Analysis of Veteran Suicide

On August 3, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released its report on “Suicide among Veterans and Other Americans, 2001–2014.” The report notes that in 2014, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, and that suicide rates are increasing for both males and females in the general population. However, male… Read More »

Showing Proper Respect to Vets on the Fourth of July

For patriotic Americans across the country, Independence Day is a time to celebrate our nation’s birth with a variety of activities and observances. But while we leave solemn observations to Memorial Day, July 4th is generally punctuated with the “rockets’ red glare” and “bombs bursting in air.” For decades, fireworks and firecrackers have entertained families,… Read More »