stigma

Three Ways to Fight Veteran Mental Health Stigma

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. [PRNewswire] — Exposure to traumatic combat and operational experiences affects service members and veterans spiritually, psychologically, biologically, and socially. To date, an estimated 400,000 service members live with invisible wounds of war, including combat stress,…


Rosemary Freitas Williams, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Military Community and Family Policy, stated in an Oct. 14, article on dodlive.mil that domestic violence prevention “starts with respect – specifically, to hold in esteem or honor, to show regard or consideration for someone’s rights or preferences.” Not by accident, each of the military services has a set of core values to live by; they include the words “respect,” “service before self,” or “honor.” Just as each service branch has its set of core values, so should every relationship, personal or professional. The Department of Defense is committed to preventing domestic abuse, encouraging prompt reporting, supporting victims and providing appropriate treatment or intervention for all family members affected by the sad business of abuse. - for more information http://www.dodlive.mil/index.php/2015/10/domestic-violence-prevention-everyone-deserves-a-life-free-of-abuse/#sthash.wlqiIYbF.dpuf (U.S. Air Force photo/Justin Connaher)

To hell and back: Army veteran, domestic abuse survivor tells her story

by Kyle Johnson Editor’s note: The story contains graphic descriptions from a personal account of a domestic and child abuse victim – May not be suitable for all readers. “Go get undressed and get into…


Stigma of PTSD still deters many from seeking help

by Sgt. Zach Sheely TOPEKA, Kan. – “Not all wounds are visible,” PTSD Journal. For many service members suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, simply admitting the need for help may be the most difficult thing…