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Beyond PTSD to “moral injury”

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A photo of Noah Pierce's sister, Sarah Softich, who had her brother's image tattooed on her shoulder, on the cover of the Fall 2008 issue of Virginia Quarterly Review.

For service members returning home from combat, PTSD diagnoses are commonplace and extensive. But one VA psychologist argues that the complications of PTSD compound to create a ‘moral injury’ — one that requires a community, not a clinic, in order to heal.

Counting student veterans, finally

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U.S. military veterans wait to meet potential employers at a job and GI Bill fair on the campus of Rutgers University in March 2012. (Photo by John Moore | Getty Images)

Nearly 5 years after the Post-9/11 GI Bill went into effect, there’s no authoritative data on its progress. But this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs and student-veteran groups are pairing up to change that.

For veterans, temporary relief from disability waits

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Randy Meyer (left) and a fellow board member go over applications for emergency grants at the October meeting of the Arizona Military Family Relief Fund board. (Photo by Jeff Severns Guntzel | Public Insight Network)

More than 800,000 claims for disability benefits are languishing in the VA’s overstretched system. Veterans — often young — waiting on their claims can find themselves in desperate financial straits. A fund in Arizona acts as a stopgap to get them through.