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On Veterans Day our nation honors the men and women who have served our country. Cities host parades, department stores have sales, schools and the Federal Government close. Most of us are thankful for a day off. Rarely do we stop to think about the...
By Gary Strauss | November 11, 2010 Had HBO's Veterans Day documentary concentrated on the fallout from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts on soldiers and Marines, it would have been a powerful statement about the emotional suffering of modern-day...
By Mark A. Perigard | November 11, 2010 Post-traumatic stress disorder is not just something that affects a combat veteran. It’s something that can devastate an entire family, as James Gandolfini’s (“The Sopranos”) new documentary “Wartorn 1861-...
By Hank Stuever | November 11, 2010 "Wartorn," HBO's depressing yet revealing Veterans Day exploration of post-traumatic stress disorders as experienced by American soldiers throughout history, carries a telling subtitle: "1861-2010." . Sending men...
"Wartorn," a compelling examination of how combat can cripple the lives of those who survive physically intact, will trouble some viewers. It should. What we today call posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), executive producer James Gandolfini...
According to conventional wisdom, America didn't acknowledge the existence of post-traumatic stress disorder until the Vietnam War. But that isn't really quite true. Long before 1978's "Coming Home" and "The Deer Hunter" premiered, the nation was...
Eighteen-yer-old Angelo Crapsey went off to fight for his country, but it wasn't long before the Pennsylvania native was writing home to a friend about a Company D sergeant who'd committed suicide, commenting, "He seemed to be a little shattered."...
NEW YORK – "I am not so well. I am clear off the hooks," wrote a soldier who soon would be discharged from the Army as unfit to serve. Back at home in Pennsylvania, he turned increasingly paranoid and violent. Then he killed himself. The year was...
Noah Pierce's mother reads the note her son left in his truck. In increasingly uneven handwriting, he tells her that he is getting drunk. He tries to communicate the depth of the psychological pain which his mother says was killing him "from the...
Doc' takes hard look at post-traumatic stress disorder The crowd of top military brass and soldiers' families that recently filled a Pentagon movie theater watched a project that may have been the opposite of a recruitment ad. In one scene, a mother...