More Vets to Get Help Healing the Mental Scars of War
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The Veterans Administration has decided to make it easier for vets to file disability claims related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. As many as 20 percent of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan may be suffering from PSTD. The VA's change in policy means that vets will no longer have to document a specific traumatic event to be able to apply for help. Guest host Sara Terry looks at how are the VA and other organizations working with vets to heal what have been called the hidden wounds of war. Also, a terrorist attack in the Ugandan capital targets World Cup watchers, and why President Obama isn't speaking at the NAACP convention this year.
Banner image: Program facilitator Dan McSweeney gives a presentation about PTSD treatment December 15, 2009 at Fort Hamilton Army Garrison in Brooklyn, New York. Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images
Terrorist Attack in Uganda Targets World Cup Watchers ()
Three bomb blasts in Kampala yesterday have killed more than seventy people. The nearly simultaneous explosions in the Ugandan capital targeted crowds that gathered to watch the World Cup finals. A militant Islamic group in Somalia, has claimed responsibility for the blasts. Elizabeth Dickinson, Assistant Managing Editor at Foreign Policy magazine, is a former Nigeria correspondent for the Economist.
- Elizabeth Dickinson: Assistant Managing Editor, Foreign Policy magazine
VA Takes More Liberal Stance on PTSD ()
The Veterans' Administration has changed its policy regarding disability claims for veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorders. After years of complaints from veterans' advocates that the VA's rules were too tough, it will now be possible for veterans to make a claim without having to prove they suffered a specific traumatic event. Some two million soldiers have served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 9/11, and one study says that as many as twenty percent of them may suffer from these psychological wounds of war. Why has the policy change taken so long? How will this change affect the hundreds of thousands of soldiers believed to be struggling with PTSD? What kind of treatment works?
- Ed O'Keefe: Federal Eye blogger, Washington Post, @edatpost
- Lisa Jaycox: Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corp
- Donna Perdue: Veteran, Marine Corps
- Sally Satel: Psychiatrist and Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
- Ian de Planque: Deputy Director, American Legion’s Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation Division
Obama Skips Tradition of Attending NAACP Convention ()
President Barack Obama spoke at the NAACP centennial convention last year, but is raising some eyebrows this year for being a no-show. George Bush was slammed for being the only president since Herbert Hoover to turn down invitations to speak at the organization's annual convention, until he finally accepted its invitation during his second term. This year the President is sending First Lady Michelle Obama to speak. Wayne Bennett, who blogs as "The Field Negro," is an attorney in the Philadelphia Family Courts.
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