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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

Veterans Day reminds us to pay thanks to our veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries

November 11, officially known as Veterans Day, distinguishes itself from Memorial Day by honoring and remembering all veterans, living and dead, who have served to fight for the freedoms all Americans enjoy today. A way those of us can better acknowledge our living veterans is by educating ourselves on the physical sacrifices these proud men and women make while in combat, such as the injury that has been infamously titled the “Signature Wound” of the War on Terror – the traumatic brain injury. A traumatic brain injury (also known as TBI) occurs when someone has a sudden blow or jolt ... Read More

Illegal ecstasy studied as possible treatment for PTSD

Researchers have long been looking for the right medication to treat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A new study aims to see if the illegal drug known casually as ecstasy or X could help those affected by the serious stress disorder find relief. PTSD is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after someone experiences an event that results in physical or emotional trauma, such as an event that involves the threat of death to oneself or to someone else. The effects of PTSD can overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope. Symptoms of PTSD include re-living the original trauma through flashbacks, ... 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

SPECT brain scans help Army doctors “see” traumatic brain injuries

When Spc. James Saylor, a 31-year-old father of two, returned home from Afghanistan, he didn’t believe at first that his short temper, vivid nightmares, and short-term memory loss could be the result of a concussion he suffered after a mortar exploded near him. After all, traditional CT scans and MRIs showed a normal brain unaffected by contusions, bruises, and other physical injuries. But such is the nature of concussions, which are mild forms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can have severe and lasting effects if ignored, repeated, or not properly treated. Concussions and many other forms of TBI usually ... Read More

Canada’s Afghanistan troops received traumatic brain injuries at alarming rate

Traumatic brain injury has been called the “signature” injury of American troops returning home from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and now Canada is finding that its soldiers, too, suffer from TBI at an alarmingly high rate. According to one study, the rate of TBI in Canadian troops fighting in Afghanistan from 2006 to 2009 was found to be nearly three times higher than American troops deployed to Afghanistan during the early years of the war and before its escalation. According to a study conducted by Canada’s National Defence and obtained by The Globe and Mail, Canadian forces were ... Read More