HEALTHBEAT The traumatic side of illness
When I read last week about a new study that found heart attack survivors can be at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder, I confess to a rather cynical reaction: "You mean it took this long to reco... Posted on 6/26/12 at 3:06 PM
Dan Olson has ridden his bicycle around North Dakota for the past two years in memory of a friend and fellow soldier Joe Biel.
Olson, a North Dakota National Guardsman in the 188th unit based in Wahpeton, began this year’s bike ride June 27 in Williston and passed through Fargo on Tuesday.
By Danielle Cintron, Forum Communications Co.
, July 06, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is taking what President Barack Obama calls “a long overdue step” to aid veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, making it easier for them receive federal benefits.
Twenty-six-year-old Dan Olson remembers his friend Joe Biel and the tour they served with the North Dakota National Guard in Iraq. The two drove routes the U.S. forces used, and cleared them of enemy weapons.
Their unit located more than 470 weapons, but missions like those can be dangerous and soldiers live on the edge, according to tThe troops worry about their safety and the safety of those in their unit.
Biel suffered symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder — an illness that can develop after a terrifying event like assault, disaster, accidents and combat. On May 1, 2007, Biel’s family buried him in Wilmont, S.D., after he’d committed suicide a few days earlier.
he American Legion.
Powerful scans are letting doctors watch just how the brain changes in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and concussion-like brain injuries — signature damage of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
By Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press
, November 10, 2009
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