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  • Purdue gets funding for potential groundbreaking study on veterans and service dogs

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    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Researchers at Purdue University will soon start a potentially groundbreaking study that could help more veterans suffering from PTSD get service dogs.

    The research could for the first time prove scientifically that service dogs help these veterans. Purdue researchers just received more than a half million dollars to conduct this two year study.

    The potential is sweeping change in Washington, D.C. and another resource for vets.

    Zoe is Nick Hamilton’s service dog. Hamilton served three tours in Iraq and now suffers from PTSD.

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  • Treatment Court Offers Vets Mental Health, Substance Abuse Counseling

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    After robbing a bank two years ago, Louis Merchat sat in his car and waited for police to arrive. He wasn't after money.

    "I was either going to get my head blown off, or I was going to get something done," said Merchat, 65, an Army veteran. "One way or the other, I was going to get some help."

    Merchat ended up at the Lake County Veterans Treatment Court. And after a two-year journey, Merchat and 22 others graduated May 10.

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  • New study offers hope in targeting focusing, emotional control problems in vets with PTSD

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    A new study has identified what happens in the brains of veterans with post-traumatic stress as they have trouble refocusing their attention and regulating their emotions – and offers hope for some effective treatments, according to one of study’s lead authors. 
     

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  • Army Should Consider PTSD in Gauging How It Discharges Vets, Lawsuit Says

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    A federal lawsuit alleges the U.S. Army has issued less-than-honorable discharges for potentially thousands of service members without adequately considering the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions.

    Stephen Kennedy and Alicia Carson, two Army veterans from Connecticut who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said in a lawsuit filed Monday that they were wrongly denied honorable discharges.

    They said a review board set up to give veterans a second chance often doesn't do an adequate job in considering PTSD and related conditions.

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  • VA Launches 'New, Unique' Tool to Help Prevent Veteran Suicides

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    WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs recently unveiled a new program that reviews veterans’ health records to identify which ones might attempt suicide.

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  • Exclusive: New VA chief on public scrutiny: Bring it

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    WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs has a new message on public scrutiny: Bring it on.

    President Trump’s pick to lead the agency, VA Secretary David Shulkin, is unveiling a new web site that reveals for the first time exactly how care at VA hospitals compares with nearby private-sector hospitals and national averages. The site has data for roughly 20 hospitals but more will be added soon, the VA says.

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  • Department of Veterans Affairs launches a new system to try to 'predict' veteran suicide

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    The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new system to try to predict suicidal behavior among veterans called Recovery Engagement and Coordination for Health—Veterans Enhanced Treatment, or REACH VET. 

    The program allows the VA to analyze data from health records and identify veterans that are at a statistically higher risk for suicide, hospitalization, illness and other issues.  

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  • Congress Advance Bill to Extend Veterans Choice Program

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    The Senate and House of Representatives have both passed a bill to extend the Veterans Choice Program, a VA initiative to allow veterans access to non-VA healthcare when facing extraordinary wait times or other barriers to treatment, according to multiple sources.

    The Senate unanimously passed the bill earlier this week, according to a statement from Senator John McCain’s office.

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  • Some VAs Are Dropping Veteran Caregivers From Their Rolls

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    By the time they cut her from the program, Alishia Graham was angry, but not surprised. Her postman delivered the news in February.

    "The letter was sitting at the top — and my stomach dropped because I knew what it was," she says.

    The letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs informed Graham that her husband Jim, who sustained a brain injury on his third deployment to Iraq, no longer qualified for a caregiver to help with his daily life.

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  • Concerns Linger Over Veterans Crisis Line Operations Despite Improvements

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    WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs leaders say staffers at the Veterans Crisis Line have answered every single incoming call for 43 of the last 79 days. Oversight officials say there is still a lot of room for improvement. 

    “This is the one area where we must aim for perfection,” said House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Ranking Member Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn. “This is a zero-sum proposition, with lives in the balance.”

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