February 12, 2018
Chris Ford | Task & Purpose
According to Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, demand for services by veterans peaks about four decades after a conflict ends. The year 1978 was relatively quiet for active American military personnel, besides a brief Air Force involvement in South Zaire. Yet today, in 2018, the demand for veteran services is as high as many observers can remember it ever being.
January 24, 2018
Kelly Finn Störmer | We Are The Mighty
Last year the news was full of headlines about veterans and their service dogs being turned away from public places such as restaurants, airports, and, in the case of an Ohio substitute teacher, work. It’s a complicated problem; businesses don’t want to turn people away, but without knowing the difference between a service dog and a pet, their hands are tied when other customers complain.
February 16, 2018
Kyle Rempfer | Military Times
February 14, 2018
Kenneth R. Harney | The Washington Post
Could predatory lending practices affecting veterans also be inflating interest rates paid by thousands of unsuspecting home buyers using FHA loans?
The answer appears to be yes — and the underlying abuses in home loans to veterans are prompting action by federal authorities and legislation on Capitol Hill.
February 11, 2018
Leigh Ann Caldwell | NBC News
WASHINGTON — Lakesha Cole has been through six deployments and five base transfers as a spouse of a Marine. Each move has represented an exhausting, if familiar routine: There's the task of packing and unpacking an entire home. Of enrolling three children under the age of 13 in new schools, and tracking down available child care. Of adjusting to a new neighborhood, with new neighbors and friends and routines.
February 8, 2018
University of Missouri-Columbia | Medical Express
In the United States, military veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often are prescribed therapeutic horseback riding (THR) as a complementary therapy, but little is known about how these programs affect PTSD in military veterans. Now, a University of Missouri study has determined that veterans had a significant decrease in PTSD scores just weeks after THR. Results show that therapeutic horseback riding may be a clinically effective intervention for alleviating PTSD symptoms in military veterans.
February 8, 2018
Laura Kelly | The Washington Times
A popular blood-pressure medication prescribed to patients with post-traumatic stress disorder failed to treat PTSD symptoms in military veterans, a new study reports.
But the study’s lead researcher cautions against abandoning the blood-pressure therapy, which has shown to have enormous success in treating traumatized people.
The study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, concludes there was no difference between the drug Prazosin and a placebo in treating veterans with PTSD.
February 5, 2018
Shelly Stewart | Recruiting Trends
Don't just commit to hiring veterans -- for the good of your organization, seek them out.
February 2, 2018
James Clark | Task & Purpose
Roughly half of all post-9/11 veterans who may need mental health care do not seek it through the Department of Veterans Affairs or in the private sector, according to a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
February 2, 2018
Natalie Gross | Military Times
Veteran unemployment hit a record low in 2017, creeping below 4 percent for the first time on record, federal statistics show.