Resources for Veterans
The Thomas Scattergood Foundation for Behavioral Health awarded the Dart Center with a grant to conduct workshops in the Philadelphia area to improve coverage of mental health issues.
Aaron Glantz, a former war correspondent, writes about the death of Dwight Radcliff, an Air Force veteran who overcame homelessness to become president of the United States Veterans Initiative.
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.
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.