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Whistleblower gets nearly $I million for exposing potentially deadly Army Humvee fraud

A Minnesota whistleblower who warned his employer, M.K. Battery, and the U.S. Defense Department of a battery change in Humvee vehicles that could have deadly consequences for U.S. combat soldiers has won nearly $1 million in a $5.5-million settlement. David McIntosh, 49, worked as a regional sales representative for M.K. Battery when he repeatedly tried and failed to get his superiors to inform the U.S. Army about a battery change that drastically reduced the life expectancy of the power sources controlling gun turrets on the Humvee. With his concerns falling on deaf ears, Mr. McIntosh contacted the Defense Department directly ... Read More

VA to improve and expand mental health and suicide prevention resources

As U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan winds down, efforts to treat massive numbers of veterans for mental health issues is picking up. Military veterans will soon have better access to mental health services and suicide prevention efforts under a new plan aimed at expanding and improving several Veterans Administration (VA) programs. An executive order signed by President Obama Friday directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to make sure any veterans expressing suicidal thoughts are seen by a mental health professional within 24 hours. Although that standard already exists at the VA, the agency often fails to meet the goal, ... Read More

Military funds research for nasal spray that reduces suicidal thoughts

The U.S. Army has awarded a $3 million research grant to an Indiana University School of Medicine scientist to develop a nasal spray that will reduce suicidal thoughts among soldiers. The project is part of a national effort to reduce the incidence of suicide in the U.S. military. Michael Kubek, associate professor of anatomy and cell biology and of neurobiology, is teaming up with researchers at Purdue and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, to develop a nasal spray that uses thyrotropin-releasing hormone, or TRH, a neurochemical Kubek helped discover in the human brain. This hormone is known to have antidepressant and ... Read More

One-third of veterans suffer from traumatic brain injury

This Memorial Day, as we honor the men and women who serve our nation in the armed forces, it also may be a good time to remember some of the battles they face at home: the struggle to readapt to home and family life, to find suitable employment, to ease the physical wounds and emotional scars of war – these are just some of the fights awaiting most veterans when they leave the battlefield for the safety and security of home. One-third of all troops returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from an injury that isn’t ... Read More

Prescription drug cocktails could be killing our combat veterans

Imagine dutifully serving and surviving your combat tours in the Middle East, only to return home and be killed by a prescription drug. That is apparently what is happening to hundreds of young military veterans coming back to the U.S. from Afghanistan and Iraq with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who are being treated with a cocktail of anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, sleeping pills, and other prescription drugs. Stan and Shirley White of Charleston, West Virginia, were coping with the grief of losing their son Bob, a Fort Bragg paratrooper, in Afghanistan, when their other son Andrew, who had returned home from combat ... Read More

Antipsychotic fails to help veterans with chronic PTSD

Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug commonly prescribed to veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when antidepressants fail to work, does not help numb the symptoms of the PTSD, according to a study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Only two antidepressant medications, Zoloft and Paxil, are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat PTSD, though neither drug has been shown to be effective at treating those with a chronic form of the condition. With few FDA-approved options available, doctors have begun prescribing Risperdal to patients when antidepressants fail to alleviate their symptoms. Risperdal ... Read More