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The War Within: The battle against post-traumatic stress

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved) Melissa Seligman started shaking when her husband described the aftermath of a suicide bombing he witnessed during his first deployment to Iraq. She had heard that same flat, detached tone from her father, when … Continue reading

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The War Within: Special Report on Post Traumatic Stress featured on WERE 1490 AM

More than 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans – nearly 20 percent of returning troops – have PTS or depression and the number is rising. Their experiences, and they way they  resonate with Vietnam veterans, are part of a special report … Continue reading

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Broken System: Despite 30-year battle, federal court victory, Vietnam veteran’s disability claim remains unresolved

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2011 / All Rights Reserved) A federal appeals court ruled in his favor two years ago, but Leroy Comer’s decades-long fight for less than $30,000 in VA disability benefits remains mired in the bureaucracy. Comer, who … Continue reading

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Book recounts ‘Mother of Normandy’ — Little known French woman corresponded with families of Americans who perished during D-Day Invasion

The editor of The American Legion Magazine will return to his hometown of Clarkston Saturday, Jan. 29, to sign books and discuss the documentary film about a French woman who dedicated her life to the memory of Allied soldiers who … Continue reading

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Tireless warrior: Kristy Kaufmann fights for military families

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved) For more than three years, Kristy Kaufmann has been one of the most prominent voices warning that too many of the nation’s military families are quietly crumbling. The wife of a battalion … Continue reading

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Forgotten on the Home Front: Guard and Reserve Families Serve in Isolation

PART II ‘A lot for a country to ask’ Far from the active-duty community, Guard and reserve families feel isolated By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2010/All rights reserved) Stacy Bannerman ate her holiday meals at a local diner during her husband’s … Continue reading

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America’s Forgotten Military Families: Nine years of non-stop deployments, exhaustion, anticipatory grief — with no end in sight

Part I Op-tempo from hell By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2010/All rights reserved) On a girls’ night out near Fort Bragg, N.C., Rebekah Sanderlin and her friends went around their circle and talked about which antidepressant each of them was taking. … Continue reading

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