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  1. Kevlar for the Mind: Antidepressant works on chemical in brain

    A. Zoloft is a trade name of the medication sertraline. It's classified as an antidepressant, although it's used to treat not only depression but also PTSD and several other anxiety disorders.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  2. Tricare Help: Sorting out Medicare, Tricare before age 65

    A. No need to worry. The passage you cite is for the relatively small number of Tricare beneficiaries who become entitled to Medicare Part A earlier than the normal eligibility age of 65 due to certain medical conditions, such as end-stage renal disease.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  3. Army couple in documentary told from caregiver's point of view

    The timing couldn't be better: In a month dedicated to military and veteran caregivers, a documentary about an Army couple's struggles after devastating combat injuries will premier at one of the world's top film festivals.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  4. Congress unhappy with DoD, VA health records progress

    House lawmakers plan to hold back millions in dollars of technology funding from Defense and Veterans Affairs department planners until Congress is convinced they are making progress on developing a way to share electronic medical records.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  5. Patients rate VA medical centers high for satisfaction

    Patients at Veterans Affairs medical centers remain satisfied with the care they receive and complaints are down, a new survey released Wednesday by the American Customer Satisfaction Index found.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Military hotline aids sexual assault victims

    One of the first things you notice about the Pentagon's sexual assault support hotline is its non-military look.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  7. A veteran patient recieves a vaccination. Tricare announced Tuesday its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October. Stephanie McCrobie / U.S. Navy

    Tricare presents plan for re-enrolling some in Prime

    Tricare announced Tuesday its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October, but by law, not all who were booted off Prime will be able to re-enroll.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Your medical files may be at risk

    After veteran Aaron Alexis shot and killed a dozen people at the Washington Navy Yard last September, the Air Force noted a spike in the number of personnel dipping into his electronic medical file.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  9. Anonymous online counseling for vets shows early success

    When they contracted with the Vets Prevail program late last year, Veterans Affairs Department officials hoped the Web-based mental health resource could enroll about 2,200 new veterans in its anonymous counseling over a year.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  10. Some Vietnam vets with PTSD fight for benefits

    George Siders remembers his first enemy kill like it happened yesterday.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  11. Carter, Dole spouses join military families effort

    Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are getting a dose of high-profile support for their nationwide effort to help military families.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  12. Max Sanchez, a war veteran, says going bare at a nearby clothing-optional community helps him deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. WTSP-TV

    Fla. veteran treats PTSD by going nude

    Every year, millions of people in the United States are diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, but for some a doctor's office just isn't enough.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  13. Military caregivers — spouses, parents and friends who assist severely injured service members with complex, chronic conditions and mental health issues — need more support themselves, a new study says. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    Caregivers for post-9/11 vets need more help, study finds

    More than 1 million Americans provide care and support for injured or ill Iraq and Afghanistan war-era veterans, and they often do so at great personal sacrifice, facing social isolation, income loss and poor health, according to a new study.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  14. VA doesn't track tissue used in surgeries, GAO says

    Veterans Affairs Department officials used tens of thousands of biological implants in surgeries last year, but they can't fully account for their safety, according to investigators from the Government Accountability Office.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  15. After guardsman son's suicide, parents work to save others

    Former Army National Guard Sgt. Daniel Somers served as a turret gunner and tactical human intelligence team member during two deployments to Iraq.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  16. Army Spc. Ivan Lopez killed three people and wounded 16 others in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas April 2, before killing himself. AP Photo/Courtesy of Glidden Lopez

    Army to delve into Fort Hood gunman's medical history

    The Army will deconstruct Spc. Ivan Lopez's medical history to determine if there were holes in his treatment or whether the service needs to change current policies or programs geared toward helping soldiers with psychiatric conditions.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  17. Military playing catch-up on PTSD

    Even as a soldier diagnosed with mental illness opened fire at Fort Hood, Texas, this week, a river of troubled veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars keeps flowing out of the military, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  18. Maine wants recognition of Agent Orange exposure

    Gov. Paul LePage is poised to sign into law a bill calling on the federal government to recognize disabilities suffered by Maine soldiers who were exposed to Agent Orange at a military base in Canada.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  19. Senators weigh impact of proposed Tricare fee hikes

    Military advocacy groups appear divided over a Pentagon proposal to consolidate Tricare health programs, but all agree that active-duty families should not have to pay higher medical costs just because they don't live near a military hospital.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  20. Military to pay for some lab tests that Tricare does not

    The Defense Health Agency is moving ahead with plans to cover the costs of some laboratory tests that Tricare, by law, cannot.

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  21. A vendor points out different varieties of marijuana for sale at a medical marijuana market in Washington state. The Health and Human Services Department has approved a formal study into whether marijuana is effective in the treatment of PTSD. Elaine Thompson/AP

    Research OK'd into effects of pot on PTSD symptoms

    Physicians in states where medical marijuana is available often prescribe the drug for treating post-traumatic stress disorder.

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  22. Rear Adm. Frank A. Morneau presents the Bronze Star Medal to Explosive Ordnance Disposal 2nd Class (Diver) Taylor J. Morris during a 2012 ceremony at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Two lawmakers have introduced a bill named in honor of Morris that would eliminate the cap on payments for multiple, severe injuries under the TSGLI program. Navy

    Bill would remove cap on traumatic injury payments

    Two lawmakers have introduced a bill that would eliminate the $100,000 cap on payments to wounded warriors for multiple, severe injuries under the Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance program.

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  23. The Navy is on the verge of eliminating tobacco sales on all its bases and ships, according to sources. Army

    Navy mulls banning tobacco sales on all bases, ships

    The Navy is on the verge of eliminating tobacco sales on all its bases and ships, according to sources inside and outside the Defense Department.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  24. Iraq War veteran Kristofer Goldsmith said that when he sought help from the Army for possible PTSD, he was given a general discharge rather than treatment. Courtesy of Kristofer Goldsmith

    Vets group calls for better suicide prevention services

    When Kristofer Goldsmith tried to kill himself six years ago, the Army responded by kicking him out of the military for misconduct.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  25. VA urged to make lung disease service-connected

    A New York congressman wants the Veterans Affairs Department to make a rare lung disease found in some Iraq and Afghanistan veterans service-connected, meaning having the condition automatically would rate compensation and care from VA.

    • Mar. 21, 2014
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