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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The Sirens of war

Once the gates have been broken there are always monsters on the edges, the fog, the water, the forest, the other side of the wall. In the Odyssey the Sirens represent the damage of war. They are ruinous, and they call to the soldiers, who are broken and drawn to dangers, blinded by ego or …

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‘Arthritis can hit troops and vets hard. Here’s how advocates want to respond.’ Military Times article

From the article by Joshua Axelrod Veterans are more likely to develop arthritis than civilians, according to an October 2018 study. Other studies indicate that osteoarthritis is the second-leading cause of military discharge, behind combat wounds. Arthritis encompasses over 100 diseases, including mechanical (or degenerative) and inflammatory ones, the latter of which involves immune-system disorders …

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Medical study on aviation vibration impacts on aircrew with prolonged sitting – By Kenneth Eric Games

Physiological Effects of Prolonged Sitting and Local Pressure Application in the UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter by Kenneth Eric Games Abstract Advances in flight technologies and the demand for long range flight have increased mission lengths for United States Army UH-60 Black Hawk aviators. Prolonged mission times have increased reports of pilots discomfort and symptoms of …

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