Wednesday, July 16, 2014

CNN Special Follows Veterans With PTSD

Soledad O'Brien's New CNN Special Follows Veterans With Post Traumatic Stress
The Wrap
By Tim Molloy
July 16, 2014

Therapy program includes equine therapy, transcendental meditation, and physically and emotionally demanding trust exercises

CNN's new Soledad O'Brien special, “The War Comes Home,” will focus on veterans returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq coping with post traumatic syndrome, rage, and thoughts of suicide.

The special follows Delon Beckett and Garrett Combs, two returning veterans at a time that the Veterans Administration is under intense criticism for its failure to help American troops back from war. One in five veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffers from post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, or severe depression, according to a Rand Corporation study cited by CNN.
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Published on Jul 16, 2014
Every hour a U.S. Veteran takes his own life, and it's estimated that 1 in 5 of all returning vets suffer from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or depression, with families and employers hanging in the balance. As the US prepares for the final draw down of soldiers from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, Soledad O'Brien takes an intimate look at two vets and their families' lives as they struggle with the transition from War to Home and their battles within: ranging from alcoholism, drug dependence, and explosions of anger to suicidal and homicidal thoughts. O'Brien follows these wounded warriors to a new program in Malibu CA that uses a combination of therapies and challenges to help these Vets heal and find peace of mind. It involves TM, ropes courses, and equine therapy ... but can 5 and a half days on the pacific coast really save soldiers lives?

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