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The Unseen War Still Waging Inside The Minds Of Many Veterans


PTSDbrain1The following is a guest contributed post to MHW By Daniel G. Amen, M.D., and Max Cleland.

Most people probably think wars end when the shooting stops.

But that’s not the case for those who do the fighting. For them, the war lives on long after they return home and try to resume normal lives.

One of us, Max Cleland, knows from experience. He lost both legs and his right arm to a grenade explosion in Vietnam in the 1960s. Even after the physical injuries healed, even after the rehabilitation was over, the emotional anguish continued. And in truth, nearly 50 years later, that aspect still hasn’t completely healed.

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Year Long Study Shows That Telemedicine is an Effective Form of Talk Therapy for Retired Veterans


Year Long Study Shows That Telemedicine is an Effective Form of Talk Therapy for Retired VeteransOne of the most popular forms of telemedicine is talk therapy that allows for face-to-face two-way video conferencing. Many question whether or not video therapy is as effective as live therapy, which is what prompted the year-long study designed to help retired veterans who struggle with their depression.

According to a new report from Reuters,  approximately 10 percent of the US population will suffer from clinical depression at some point in their lives. However, clinical depression is not the only type of depression. On average, an additional 20 percent of seniors will experience “substantial” depression symptoms—and the risk for depression increases by up to 5 times for retired veterans.

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Lawmakers Pitch Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015


Lawmakers Pitch Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015A major proposal is being introduced by lawmakers in Washington D.C. that could, if passed into law, have enormously positive ramifications for the expansion of telemedicine among individuals most in-need of access to such services.

U.S. Reps. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson and Charles B. Rangel are behind H.R. 2516 — the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015.

“When our service men and women are called to duty, they do so selflessly with only the country in mind,” said Thompson, according to GantDaily.  “When they return home, it is our shared duty to be there for these heroes, by making lifesaving resources readily accessible.”
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Helping Homeless Veterans with mHealth May Become a Reality


Helping Homeless Veterans with mHealth Becoming a RealityIt’s no secret or surprise that homeless veterans are high risk for health problems. But with each passing year, it becomes more apparent that mobile health tools can improve the care and treatment of homeless veterans, of which there were more than 62,000 as of 2014.

A study from Telemedicine and e-Health covered recently by Health Outcomes found that homeless veterans often suffer from chronic and mental illnesses and are more than twice as likely to be hospitalized as non-veteran homeless, according to Health IT Outcomes.

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Veterans Find Hope Against Suicide with the Touch of a Button


Veterans Find Hope Against Suicide with the Touch of a ButtonSadly, we all know suicide has been a big topic in the news lately, with the passing of Robin Williams. Every day, suicide affects many people and we don’t even know it. Even the toughest men out there – those who have put their lives on the line for us face it. I’m talking about the men and woman who have served in our armed forces. Fear not though, as the LA Times announced, Will McNulty, along with his business group, are working on making an iPhone app that veterans can use as a resource to help prevent things from going that far.

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VA Says New Tech Efforts Helped Decimate Disability Claims Backlog


VA Says Tech Helped Decimate Disability Claims BacklogIt was no April Fool’s Day prank when the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced on April 1st that technology has made a world of difference in the efficiency with which the organization now operates.

One year after the backlog of pending disability compensation claims “peaked” at over 611,000 in March 2013, the VA has reduced that number by approximately 44 percent to 344,000 claims.

At the same time, the CA confirmed this week, they improved the accuracy of the decisions being made on Veterans’ disability claims.

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