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"Community members -- professionals and laymen of every skill set and sort -- are finding ways to help veterans process their experiences of combat while supporting their move from military life back into the civilian stream. Educational institutions, in particular, are finding interesting ways of engaging on the issue and creating spaces for these necessary reflections. "

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Building upon some of the data-rich news clips shared earlier this week, a few more grafs to consider.

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As of 2007, the Military Health System had recorded 43,779 patients with traumatic brain injuries from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It had recorded 39,365 patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, according to a Department of Defense report to Congress.

By the end of September 2008, the number of patients with a preliminary diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from Veterans Affairs doctors had risen to 101,882 — more than 10 percent of veterans who have left the military and more than 20 percent of those who have gone to Veterans Affairs for medical treatment, according to a spokeswoman for Veterans Affairs.

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We might be on our way out of Iraq but things are just starting to pick up in Afghanistan. With record-high number of veteran suicides and rising rates of post-traumatic stress disorder and clinical depression in every branch of the armed forces, is the nation headed for a mental-healthcare crisis?

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The military will phase out its "stop-loss" program, the contentious practice of holding troops beyond the end of their enlistments, for all but extraordinary situations, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Wednesday. Instead, the military will use incentives programs to encourage personnel to extend their service. Starting this month, the department will provide "special compensation of $500 per month" to troops whose tour has been extended, Gates said. "This special compensation will be applied retroactively to October 1, 2008, the date when Congress first made it available."

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Jason Haines was in survival mode in 2005 when a car pulled out in front of him on a side street in New Britain.

In his mind, Haines was still patrolling the streets of Baghdad in a Humvee with the U.S. Army, firing his .50-caliber shotgun at enemy insurgents who set off roadside bombs.

Haines beeped his car's horn, but the driver wouldn't speed up. In a rage, Haines began tailgating the car — which, he soon discovered, was an unmarked police cruiser.

Haines wasn't arrested that day, but he came close to joining hundreds of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans nationwide whose untreated war-related emotional and mental afflictions — usually termed post-traumatic stress disorder — lead to minor criminal arrests. Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.courant.com%2Fnews%2Flocal%2Fhc-vetsinjail.artfeb22%2C0%2C5771015%2Cfull.story

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Almost every day an IGTNT diary honors those soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors, and Guardsmen who have fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Department of Defense announces the death of each military person who loses their life in the combat zones. But there is a group of military personnel who have died from injuries sustained in Iraq or Afghanistan and yet are ignored by the DoD.

They took their own lives after returning home.

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