An important reminder for journalists: The deadline for entries to the 2010 Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma — open to all North American news media — is this Friday, January 29, 2010. That means there's limited time to submit your exemplary journalism on the impact of violence, crime, disaster and other traumatic events. More »
Conventional wisdom about the psychological impact of war on soldiers turns out to be not very wise at all. While public awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder has increased dramatically in recent years, in the minds of many it represents everything bad that combat can do to the mind and spirit. And the very term "disorder" implies a permanent condition from which there is little hope for recovery. More »
A soldier can leave the battlefield, but coming home doesn't mean the war is over. Men and women in the military are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan only to face a new set of struggles, as they carry physical and psychological wounds into a society that doesn't fully understand their experience or their sacrifice. To help them through the challenges of reintegration, the public needs to hear their stories, told with effective, ethical and sensitive reporting. More »
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