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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 1, 2007 / 17 Menachem-Av 5767

For some vets, battles never end

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Lucey returned from his tour of duty Iraq, he looked like a kid who lucked out. No visible wounds. But looks aren't everything.


He had nightmares and nausea, drank heavily and showed other signs of depression. He threw his dog tags at his sister and called himself a "murderer." He told his sister he had "a rope and tree picked out" behind the family home.


Then in June 2004, a few months after his return, he went to the basement of his parents' home in Belchertown, Mass., arranged photos of his family and his platoon on the floor, and hanged himself with a garden hose. He was 23 years old.


His parents, Kevin and Joyce Lucey, filed suit last week (July 26), charging that the Department of Veterans Affairs denied help for their son's mental problems, beyond three and a half days of involuntary commitment at a local Veteran Affairs hospital.


The parents, who joined the anti-war group Military Families Speak Out after their son's death, are not seeking money damages. They only hope that their lawsuit will force the Bush administration to take swift action to overhaul the VA, they say.


I wish them luck with that. If it weren't for bad news, the Department of Veterans Affairs wouldn't have much news at all.


A few days before the Lucey lawsuit, a group called Veterans for Common Sense accused the VA of unlawfully denying disability pay and mental health treatment to injured Iraq war vets.


Both lawsuits name as defendants the U.S. government and Jim Nicholson, secretary of Veterans Affairs, who abruptly announced in mid-July that he is leaving his job soon. Few tears were shed by major veterans groups. The biggest rap against Nicholson, a decorated Vietnam combat veteran, is that he didn't fight hard enough to get more money and attention from Congress for a department that has been overwhelmed by unanticipated casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan.


Those casualties include post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The VA denied its existence for years, until it became official in 1980. Today there's a new charge, that many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who might have PTSD have been urged to settle for a "personality disorder" diagnosis, which makes it more difficult for them to claim treatment or disability benefits for PTSD later.


Yet it may take years for symptoms to show up. Lucey's case sounds painfully familiar to John Erby, president of the Cincinnati chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Before he became one of the first black coaches in the PAC-8 conference at the University of California-Berkeley in 1968, he was a platoon leader in Vietnam, where he lost one of his legs in battle.


After years of waking up in the middle of the night, reliving his nights of "walking the perimeter" of his unit's outposts in the 'Nam, he learned he had PTSD. He goes to weekly counseling sessions and counsels other veterans from all wars.


"PTSD isn't new," the former Army first lieutenant told me after we met at the VVA's recent convention in Springfield, Ill. "In past wars, they called it shell shock or battle fatigue or something else. But those previous war veterans came home to beautiful parades. That was their medicine. There was no medicine when we came home. So we had to have doctors come up with these studies to tell us we had a problem we didn't know about."


After years of working with fellow veterans and their various disorders, Lucey's case sounds painfully familiar to Erby. The young marine had to be involuntarily committed, the parents say, because he was too embarrassed to seek help himself for fear of being labeled weak and letting down his buddies.


"Ah, that marine pride," Erby groaned. "You see it in other services, too. They're afraid they won't be allowed to go back and rejoin their unit if they admit to any weakness. I remember a sergeant in Texas who would stop the car for a string across the road. That's why I'm happy to talk to any of these young people who have doubts. They need to know when they need help and get it."


The good news about the bad news from the VA is that, at least, somebody's paying attention. The department is chronically under-funded and under-staffed. But new legislation is being debated on Capitol Hill to improve counseling and care of returning veterans, and reduce a backlog of VA claims that has grown to almost 400,000.


Veterans' groups a slogan: "Leave No Vets Behind." That's an order we Americans need to follow. It's your best way to thank a veteran.

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