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Who is Helping Our Wounded Vets?

1 in 5 American soldiers returning from Afghanistan, have some type of traumatic brain injury

 

  1. Family members are affected by the need for sometimes, around the clock care for their loved ones. Legislation is pending over the support for a family member to be paid for caring for a soldier who has returned from Aphganistan with traumatic brain injury at home. The story reflects a troubling result of the residuals of traumatic brain injury on young men, as well as their wives , children and extended families.
  2. The care is often 24 hours around the clock, with no financial support from the government to cover such care. The story is focused on two wives of soldiers who returned from Aphganistan after experiencing traumatic brain injury.Both wives of these soldiers report the terrifying feeling of being the sole provider of care for their husbands. An additional story tells of a wife and mother who, with her husband’s family, has taken on the care of her husband. The family sold their home, and now share a living space with the daughter-in-law and grandson, because of their diminishing financial situation resulting from the support for their Son.

    The story is compelling and frightening from the perspective that we, as a country, would allow the care of veterans to fall on the shoulders of family members.

  3. Both wives of these soldiers report the terrifying feeling of being the sole provider of care for their husbands. An additional story tells of a wife and mother who, along with her husband’s family, has taken on the care of her husband by providing the care that is needed 24 hours a day. The family sold their home, and now share a living space with the daughter-in-law and grandson, because of their diminishing financial situation resulting from the support for their Son.

How can an Arts in Medicine initiative respond to the families of American soldiers who have suffered traumatic brain injury? How can arts in medicine programs address the support of family care-givers, and provide art processes that offer meaningful communication between families, care-givers and the patients with traumatic brain injury who have returned from Aphganistan?

PTSD story from the Virginian Pilot

 

 

“Create a site profile.” HamptonRoads.com: Entertainment and Guides for Hampton Roads, Va.. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2014. <http://hamptonroads.com/user/register?destination=comment/reply/704328>.News relevant to Veterans of Aphganistan and traumatic brain injury.

http://iava.org/blog/iava-daily-news-brief-january-27-2014-0

 

 

 

 

Mark Riddle and Caty

 

 

Warrior 360

I had the great pleasure to meet Mark Rittle in June 2014. Mark is a Veteran who is doing great work inspiring and helping Veterans all over the United States. Mark and his wife Alicia, and their extended family, stayed at my vacation cabin in Asheville, N.C. Vicki and Wayne Gheesling, Mark’s inlaws, were kind to connect me with Mark for a conversation about the work that he is doing with Veterans through his non-profit, Warrior 360. Mark is an extraordinary human being. He is inspiring and supporting Veterans to believe in themselves through events such as 5K races, 31 Heroes Project, and numerous other projects around the country.

Mark’s non-profit assists Vets who need immediate help and have no where else to go for help. Here is the mission statement for Warrior 360.

“To support the needs and promote the welfare of United States Military service-members, their families, and all others whose service to public safety generally place the welfare of others before their own.”

 

The 31Heroes Project was conceived in response to the Extortion 17 helicopter crash in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011 killing 30 military service members, as well as one military working dog – Many of the fallen were Special Operators from the Navy SEAL community.

To celebrate the incredible lives of these fallen heroes and support their families, 31Miles for 31Heroes – Washington DC, hosted by The 31Heroes Project, will take place on the night of August 2, 2014. The ruck will conclude Sunday morning in Arlington National Cemetary.
31Miles for 31Heroes is a 31 mile ruck through the night to honor the lives of the Heroes of Extortion 17. Participants will carry 2 bricks in their rucks, one to represent the lives of our fallen and the other to represent the burden carried by their families. Periodically, Ruckers stop to read the bios of these warriors and raise a drink (of water) to their memories. All funds raised will benefit The 31Heroes Project, a non-profit which serves to impact the lives of our nation’s heroes and their families, while remembering the fallen. http://www.warrior360.org/

 

I am grateful that I had the opportunity to meet Mark and Alisha and their wonderful extended family! The Center for Arts in Medicine looks forward to future projects with Mark Rittle and Warrior 360. Go here to learn more. Mark and his wife Alisha were recently featured on the Ellen Generes Show.

 

Mark Riddle and Caty Carlin

 

 

 Songwriting with Soldiers

 

 

Austin-based singer-songwriter Darden Smith is working to do something about the thousands of service members affected by PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Only half of those suffering from PTSD seek treatment. Many soldiers fear that admitting a problem might hurt their careers. For those who do reach out, resources are available—from traditional therapies to new approaches. Smith is the founder of a new program to help promote soldiers’ healing through music. (from You Tube Description)

 

 

Read More about the Songwriting with Soldiers Project on NPR’s Interview

 


 

 

 

Memorial Art Installation- 58,000 Vietnam Veteran Dog Tags

National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago

Dog tags of the more than 58,000 service men and women who died in the Vietnam War hang from the ceiling of the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010. The 10-by-40-foot sculpture, entitled Above & Beyond, was designed by Ned Broderick and Richard Steinbock. The tens of thousands of metal dog tags are suspended 24 feet in the air, 1 inch apart, from fine lines that allow them to move and chime with shifting air currents. Museum employees using a kiosk and laser pointer help visitors locate the exact dog tag with the imprinted name of their lost friend or relative.

 

dog tags 2 dog tags vietnam vets dog tags 3 sculpture in Chicago with dog tags from Vietnam

 

Obama’s Commitment to Veterans

Charlotte Observer- August 26th, 2014

In a recent visit to Charlotte, N.C. President Obama  outlined steps to help Veterans with PTSD, Suicide Prevention. An article in the Charlotte Observer states:

“Obama announced administration steps to strengthen access to mental health care by members of the military, to improve the transition for those leaving the military from care administered by the Defense Department to that run by Veterans Affairs, and to foster suicide prevention and better treatments for post-traumatic stress syndrome. 

2. • Undertake a study designed to detect whether people show signs of being vulnerable to suicide or post-traumatic stress syndrome.

3. Spend $34.4 million in a VA suicide prevention study and about $80 million on a program to treat diseases, including post-traumatic stress syndrome.”  Read the whole article here.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/26/4097517/president-barack-obama-to-unveil.html#storylink=cpy
Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/26/4097517/president-barack-obama-to-unveil.html#storylink=cpy