News article – Former Army environmental officer warns of hazardous exposures at Iraqi military bases

Former Army environmental officer warns of hazardous exposures at Iraqi military bases “That burn pit kept bothering me, because I could smell it and I could see it. It never stopped burning. — Retired Maj. John "Doc" Nelson Having served at Mosul, and living and working less than a mile from the burn pit, it …

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News article: VA Mental Health Experts Urge Intensive Pre-Enlistment Schizophrenia Screening

Link to the news article Link to the study referenced in the article From the study paper Schizophrenia is one of the top 25 disabling diseases in the world [3]. For young men and women who wish to have careers in the United States armed forces, schizophrenia will usually end their dreams and aspirations for …

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Federal Report – Mental Health Disorder Prevalence among Active Duty Service Members in the Military Health System, Fiscal Years 2005–2016

A link to the report can be found here. I remain skeptical of these numbers, having little confidence in the ability of most providers to accurately assess many of these issues, especially the more involved problems like bipolar and schizophrenia because I obviously have a bias and went my entire career without being diagnosed and …

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New Army NCO manual fails to include mental health for leaders

Link to TC 7-22.7 on armypubs.army.mil Doing a search through the new Army Noncommissioned Officer guide, the words PTSD, TBI, combat stress, or psychology are absent. How one can be expected to be a leader of soldiers but not be expected to have any clue what happens in a soldier's head is a dismal failure …

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Inside the Vultures nest – Extortion 17 and the paper airplane.

The following was written originally for a military community so I will try to add as much context as possible. I have been listening to the Extortion 17 audiobook and it really hits me hard. I was on my third deployment in Afghanistan when they were shot down. 2011 was a pretty hard damn year …

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