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2008-10-06 12:00:30

By Jim Belshaw Abroad smile spreads across Deryle Perryman's face long before he gets to the punch line of the story. But when the punch line arrives, it's easy to see why the smile is hard to suppress. The story is equal parts humor and irony, one of those stories that has you laughing at first and then stopping to think how many layers of history can be stacked into one short funny story. He was back in Vietnam on one of several return trips since his first visit in 1967. A Vietnamese...

2008-09-16 09:00:39

WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- When American troops in Vietnam answered the call to correspond with a young reporter four decades ago, they could not have envisioned the enduring relevancy of their war letters or the legacy their words, photographs and memorabilia would leave to succeeding generations. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080916/NETU002-a ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080916/NETU002-b ) A new book, Vietnam Mailbag, Voices...

2008-09-15 15:00:34

The Military Health System is planning an update late this month to its behavioral-health Web site, AfterDeployment.org., which was launched in early August. The site provides service members, their families, and veterans with online behavioral mental health tools. The Web site is a self-care solution targeting post-deployment adjustment concerns for those who might not otherwise seek out services and who want to use the site's resources at their own pace. Since October 2001, more than...

2008-09-14 03:00:19

By Brooks, Matthew S Laditka, Sarah B; Laditka, James N ABSTRACT This study examined self-rated health, impairments in activities of daily living, and treatment for eight health conditions among Vietnam War-era veterans, comparing those who served in Vietnam with those who served elsewhere. Data were from the nationally representative 2001 National Survey of Veterans (N = 7,907; 3,923 veterans served in Vietnam). Age-stratified (/=60 years) analyses included multivariate logistic...

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2008-08-13 09:10:00

A new military study found inadequate preparation for combat stress, and reduced access to support services at home has led to drinking problems among veterans of war. The study appears in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association. It's the first to compare Iraq and Afghanistan veterans' alcohol problems before and after deployment. Study co-author Dr. Edward Boyko, who works for the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, said it should help guide planning for future...

2008-07-17 06:00:36

By Randy Griffith, Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa. Jul. 17--When he came home from Vietnam 40 years ago, Army veteran Elmer "Snubby" Burket of Windber said he found his world changed. Like many veterans featured in Northern Cambria High School student-produced video, "We Never Got the Welcome Home," Burket felt alienated by many of those around him. Seeing the premiere Wednesday of the students' film helped continue to ease the pain, Burket said. "Not only did you give us our...

2008-07-16 12:01:29

By David Pevear, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jul. 16--BEDFORD -- What is most heartening about the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital is that it is still with us. Yes, it is still open after all those consolidation studies and all those budget analyses and all these 80 years of providing "compassion and care" for area veterans. "When I started here, they were talking about closing the place. When I leave here, I'm sure they'll be talking about closing the place," says Joseph...

2008-07-13 12:00:43

By Richard Roesler, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 13--OLYMPIA -- In 1968, 80 young men from Washington state stood in their white shirts and thin black ties in the echoing state Capitol and listened to then-Gov. Dan Evans praise them, the Marine Corps' new "Evergreen State Platoon." By evening, they were on their way to boot camp in California. Many ended up in Vietnam. On Saturday, 40 years to the day from that hot summer afternoon, about two dozen of the men returned to...

2008-07-07 03:00:24

By Joanna Cattanach, The Dallas Morning News Jul. 7--After some 30 years of military service, the last Vietnam veteran still on active duty in the Coast Guard is finally retiring. And he's not looking forward to it. "I can't imagine what life's going to be outside of this uniform," said Senior Chief Petty Officer Donald Swanger, a 58-year-old health services technician. "I have never looked forward to retirement," he said last week as he picked at a guitar in his sister's living room...

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2008-05-12 09:00:00

Increasing numbers of U.S. troops have left the military with damaged bodies and minds, an ever-larger pool of disabled veterans that will cost the nation billions for decades to come "” even as the total population of America's vets shrinks. Despite the decline in total vets "” as soldiers from World War II and Korea die "” the government expects to be spending $59 billion a year to compensate injured warriors in 25 years, up from today's $29 billion, according to internal...