Saturday, January 24, 2015

Revealing 'trauma of war' in Multimedia Series

National Geographic reveals 'trauma of war' in multimedia series
The two-part, multimedia series takes a look at how blast force effects veterans mentally and physically

January 22, 2015 - Between 2001 and 2014, around 230,000 service members and veterans were identified as suffering from a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to the Department of Defense.

Despite its prevalence, there is no cure, no easy way to diagnose it, and no known way to prevent it. However, the emotional and physical effects of brain trauma are undeniable.

In an effort to portray the toll that brain trauma can take on combat veterans, National Geographic has woven together a compelling two-part, multimedia series. Focused on those who’ve returned from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, part one of the series takes a look at veterans in a unique art program at Walter Reed Medical Center. According to National Geographic, service members work with an art therapist to construct masks that symbolize themes such as death, patriotism, and pain. The masks are used as a therapeutic way to express the struggles that the veterans are dealing with. read more>>>

“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, nor the continued blowback from the spread and growth from the policies implemented!

Neither the long term results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, Veterans issues from!

As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded for decades and the wars from now, VA budget is still borrowed, with interest, thus added problem creating costs, with representative who control the purse strings blaming the mostly dedicated VA personal within, that shouldn't exist!

Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds

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