NEW YORK (AP) — A man who joined the Marines two days after the Sept. 11 attacks was sentenced Wednesday to a decade in prison after blaming post-traumatic stress disorder for car bombing his...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Leaders of the largest veterans' organization in New York state are asking lawmakers to restore millions in dollars in funding for programs that treat veterans with...
John Mayer launches foundation focused on veterans
NEW YORK (AP) — John Mayer is launching a foundation focused on improving the health of veterans through scientific research.
The Grammy-winning singer on Friday announced The Heart and...
Idaho house OKs bill to help emergency responders with PTSD
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation identifying post-traumatic stress disorder as an occupational injury sustained by Idaho's emergency responders passed the House on Thursday and is heading to Gov....
Airman carries American flag on runs to honor PTSD sufferer
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Master Sgt. Trevor Derr finds the motivation to run every day by thinking of his good friend Daniel.
Stationed together at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina early on in his nearly 18-year military career, Derr met Daniel in 2004 and they quickly became friends.
As the two airmen moved to different bases and Derr ended up in Dover, the friends never lost contact and remained close.
Urbandale sergeant sues city, saying he was berated for PTSD
URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — An Urbandale police sergeant is suing the city, saying he suffered harassment, discrimination and retaliation for the post-traumatic stress disorder he suffered in the wake of the 2016 ambush killings of a colleague and a Des Moines officer.
ACLU: Government mistakenly wanted to deport US veteran
DETROIT (AP) — A Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder was held for three days for possible deportation before federal authorities learned that he was a U.S. citizen born in Michigan, lawyers said Wednesday.
Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, 27, lives in the Grand Rapids area. He was released on Dec. 17 from a detention center in Calhoun County after personal records were provided to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.
Inmates battling addiction get an unlikely ally: A puppy
BOSCAWEN, N.H. (AP) — Caitlin Hyland's New Hampshire jail cell looks like those of many of her fellow inmates, featuring family photos, a few books and a cot. But one thing sets it apart: the cage on the floor for a 10-week-old puppy.
Pulse nightclub first responder with PTSD granted pension
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former police officer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after responding to the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub has been granted his pension.
Driver held after hitting scooter rider in California chase
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — A driver who may have been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder ran over a scooter rider and led police on a chase through Southern California Thursday before he was arrested after a 45-minute freeway standoff, authorities said.
Karl Flores, 34, was taken into custody on southbound Interstate 5 near Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, according to the California Highway Patrol. He was bitten by a police dog and treated at a hospital, authorities said.
The Latest: Driver who allegedly hit scooter rider is ID’d
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a driver who allegedly ran over a scooter rider during a Southern California police chase (all times local):
Authorities have identified a driver they say ran over a scooter rider during a Southern California police chase.
The California Highway Patrol says 34-year-old Karl Flores is a military veteran who may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
He was arrested Thursday after a three-county chase and a standoff.
Clinic helps veterans, first responders with free care
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — They are there to protect and serve. They are Army Strong. They do whatever it takes and are exposed to trauma most people can't fathom.
But what about when the shift, deployment or career ends?
Program connects Rapid City area veterans with service dogs
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — After Chuck Brookens and his dog, Finn, walked on to a dock at Canyon Lake Park on a recent Friday, he bent down to comfort the nervous puppy, who is afraid of heights.
"Good boy," Brookens said as he gave Finn a treat for sitting down.
While in this instance Brookens was the one caring for Finn, it's Finn who is being trained as a professional service dog so he can comfort and help his owner, who has post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in the Iraq War.
Judge allows class-action lawsuit by mentally ill veterans
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Thousands of Navy and Marine Corps veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who developed post-traumatic stress disorder but were denied Veterans Affairs health benefits have been given a green light to sue the military, under a ruling by a federal judge in Connecticut.
Meditation helps vets with post-traumatic stress disorder
Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the Department of Defense.
One method preferred by the Department of Veterans Affairs is exposure therapy, but it doesn't work for everyone and many can't handle what it requires: purposely recalling traumatic events and confronting emotions.
Meditation could be a better choice for some, the researchers said.
2 Kansas women start therapeutic horseback riding nonprofit
OLPE, Kan. (AP) — Two women in eastern Kansas are starting a therapeutic horseback riding initiative for veterans, individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder and community members who want to learn how to ride.
Long trip: Psychedelic advocate nears goal of legal ecstasy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Growing up amid the tumult of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War, Rick Doblin says he became convinced that humanity was "crazy" and "inherently destructive." As a teenager, he came to see the mind-expanding effects of psychedelics — including LSD and magic mushrooms — as the antidote to mankind's inner demons.
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Ex-soldier with PTSD pleads guilty to wife’s 2016 slaying
LINDEN, N.C. (AP) — A former soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder has pleaded guilty to killing his wife at their North Carolina home.
The Fayetteville Observer reports 40-year-old Jesus Guillermo Mora will spend between 36 and 49 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree sex offense Monday.
Lawyer: Man accused of trying to kill police had PTSD
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A defense attorney says a man accused of trying to kill police officers after fleeing from a traffic stop in New Jersey wasn't responsible for his actions.
NJ.com reports that attorney Peter Willis told jurors in Hudson County on Tuesday that 28-year-old Emmanuel Hernandez had post-traumatic stress disorder from his time in the Navy.
Hearing denied for man who blames killing on war flashback
MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has denied a pardon hearing request Thursday from a man who strangled his fiancée and stabbed her seven times in the heart 35 years ago.
Vets walk across US to draw attention to mental health fight
NEW YORK (AP) — Six American and British veterans who walked across the U.S. to raise awareness about mental health problems related to combat service finished their trip Thursday in New York City, where they were met by former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill.
The group visited the national Sept. 11 memorial at the World Trade Center and then finished their trip a few blocks away, at a garden that memorializes British victims of the 2001 terror attacks.
Las Cruces fly fishing group helps heal veterans with PTSD
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Veterans Administration clinic in Las Cruces is helping disabled military veterans deal with post-traumatic stress disorder through a program that uses the therapeutic benefits of fly fishing.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A dozen adults and teens wielding shields went full-on Braveheart in Darden Towe Park, clashing, slashing and smashing each other with foam-covered sticks.
It may seem like an odd way to make friends and bring families closer together, but members of Zorn Vongal, a local live-action role-play group, or LARP, say it works.
It's proved so successful, the group has worked with local agencies helping military families cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Courts accepting PTSD as criminal defense
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Melissa Solorzano was terrified when her son told her he wanted to go into the military.
But it was his dream, so she and her husband supported him.
"There was no dissuading him," she said in a Minnehaha County courtroom last month. "That was what he wanted to do. He was more determined than ever."
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawyers who helped reunite two Central American children and their parents who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border by federal authorities said Tuesday that their focus now is on ensuring the children get treatment for the trauma they suffered.
Navy veteran and hockey player launch PTSD group
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — A retired ice hockey professional and a U.S. Navy veteran are teaming up with Suicide Prevention Network to launch a new support group for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Clint Malarchuk and Aaron Rasavage of Gardnerville both suffer from PTSD and wanted others suffering to know they are not alone.
"We both still struggle with it so we wanted to broadcast it like 'hey, you don't have to do this alone,'" said Rasavage.
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Vet running from Alabama to Indiana
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A Marine veteran is running from Alabama to his hometown in Indiana to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide among veterans.
Kyle Killinger left a veterans memorial in Huntsville, Alabama, before dawn on Tuesday. He plans to arrive in his hometown of Columbus, Indiana, in five days.
An estimated 22 veterans a day take their own lives. Killinger says PTSD is a big problem, and he wants veterans to know they're not alone in their struggles.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls man diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for fatally stabbing his wife in 2016.
Thirty-five-year-old Garrett Solorzano was sentenced Friday on the second day of his sentencing hearing in Minnehaha County.
Solorzano pleaded guilty but mentally ill to manslaughter in the death of his wife, Jennie Lee Smith-Solorzano, in February 2016.
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — The federal government has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former U.S. Border Patrol agent who said his assignment in Texas triggered post-traumatic stress disorder from his war service.
Anthony Gazvoda wanted a transfer to the U.S.-Canada border in northern Michigan, his native state, but his request was rejected. He sued the government in 2015, arguing that an accommodation was reasonable.
Nebraska court offers treatment, support to veterans
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — It has been about a year since a Nebraska court began giving veterans facing felony charges a better chance to straighten out their lives than prison might offer, and some participants say the program has been helpful.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Six years ago, Jeff Shepard was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after he was fired on in an ambush while on duty as an Auburn police officer.
On June 11, he hit the road for a cross-country motorcycle ride to bring awareness to others officers with PTSD.
CHICAGO (AP) — Rush University Medical Center in Chicago is getting $45 million from the Wounded Warrior Project to dramatically expand a program that provides mental health services to veterans and their families.
The hospital says the grant — the largest single donation Rush has ever received — will mean its Road Home Program that's treated more than 1,000 veterans and their family members since it was launched in 2014 will be able to treat another 5,000.
LONDON (AP) — Ariana Grande says she has been struggling with some symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder following last year's suicide bomb attack at the end of her concert at Manchester Arena.
The 24-year-old pop star told British Vogue she does not like to talk about her experiences because so many people suffered much worse fates in the May 22, 2017 attack that claimed 22 lives.
JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — A siren or alarm can trigger Sandra Ewing's reflexes, making her believe she is back in Afghanistan.
Her instinct is to run to an aid station as she would when she was overseas.
But she is at home in Janesville, miles away from falling helicopters and enemy attacks. Her muscular Great Dane/German Shepherd mix, Arrow, constantly reminds her of that.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More people could soon be eligible for Louisiana's nascent medical marijuana program to treat their ailments, if Gov. John Bel Edwards agrees to bills that have received the backing of state lawmakers.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The outgoing leader of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says he's leaving because of alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A military veteran who drowned in the Mississippi River after being rejected for treatment at a veterans' facility and instead visited a hospital emergency room had struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder since he served with the U.S. Army in the 1990s, his wife said.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged with nearly cutting off his teenage niece's head says he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the tribal violence he witnessed while living in his native Congo.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers have voted to extend certain benefits to veterans with an "other than honorable discharge."
Proponents say many service members with such a discharge status suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury, which can manifest as military misconduct.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The father of a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder who was shot at a government clinic in Oregon blames Veterans Affairs for letting down his son.
Gilbert "Matt" Negrete, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is in jail in the former timber town of Medford, charged with attempted assault and other crimes after he allegedly displayed a knife during a confrontation at the VA clinic in nearby White City on Jan. 25. A VA guard shot him in the chest.
Passenger sues Southwest Airlines over exploding engine
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A passenger who says she's been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder since an engine exploded on a Southwest Airlines flight is suing the airline and the manufacturer of the engine.
The lawsuit by Lilia Chavez filed Thursday in federal court in Philadelphia alleges negligence by Dallas-based Southwest and engine maker CFM International.
The nightmares still sometimes rouse Brian Cristofono from sleep.
Even now, nearly two years after the last calls for help came in, ghosts from his days as a firefighter and paramedic are tough to shake. Babies he couldnt save. Parents he struggled to comfort. Crash victims beyond reviving.
JESSUP — An Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who says he’s struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder faces charges after a string of threats made against his wife and a pastor in Blakely, Lackawanna County detectives said Monday.
Tony West spent 15 years in emergency services in Kentucky.
At different times in that decade and a half, he was a medic for a SWAT team, a firefighter and a K-9 handler for the sheriff’s department.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida will expand workers compensation benefits so first responders can get coverage for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed a bill that would allow firefighters, paramedics, and law-enforcement officers to get PTSD treatment even if they do not sustain a physical injury.
The legislation was a top priority for Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis.
ATLANTA (AP) — Medical marijuana advocates expressed outrage Monday over the apparent stalling of a proposal that would expand Georgia's medical cannabis oil program to include those with post-traumatic stress disorder or chronic, intractable pain.
Members of the Georgia's Hope advocacy group held a news conference inside the state Capitol and questioned why the bill, which passed the House overwhelmingly last month, hasn't gotten a Senate committee hearing.
Veterans home workers remembered as devoted caregivers
After a work conference, Maura Turner was looking forward to a girls' weekend with her close friend, Christine Loeber, a social worker and executive director of The Pathway Home that treats veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — First responders being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder could soon have extended benefits under a bill passed Monday by the Florida Legislature.
The state House of Representatives voted unanimously for legislation (SB 376) to extend workers' compensation benefits for those being treated for PTSD. Currently, workers' compensation benefits only cover physical injuries.