Tag Archives: The American Legion Magazine

Restorative Justice: Veterans treatment courts make differences in the lives of those who served

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2012, All Rights Reserved) Glenn Slocum faced as much as 25 years to life after his arrest in late 2010 for stealing food and diapers. The Marine Corps veteran had two previous felony convictions for robbing … Continue reading

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Rare Victory: Vietnam Navy veterans struggle to prove, and keep, Agent Orange benefits

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2012, All Rights Reserved)  Surgeons started removing strange growths from Mark Crosbie’s body a few years after he came home from Vietnam. Over the next three decades, they took sebaceous cysts from the Navy veteran’s back, … Continue reading

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Road to Nowhere: Returning veterans face the worst job market of their lives.

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2012, All Rights Reserved) Kai Jorgensen was laid off just before Thanksgiving 2011, the third time the recession has cost him his job since he left the Marine Corps in May 2009. He wasn’t prepared for such … Continue reading

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A Heart Apart: Interactive book gives children, military parents safe way to share feelings about the difficulty of deployment

 By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2012, All Rights Reserved) Melissa Seligman knew she had to help her children find their emotional voices. Her daughter’s depression spiked to near self-destructive levels when her husband deployed. Her son’s anxiety was gut wrenching. “We … Continue reading

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When doing everything right isn’t enough: A Marine’s suicide shows that even the unlikeliest veteran can fall through the cracks.

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved)  Of all the questions raised by Clay Hunt’s suicide, perhaps the most perplexing is this: why did a 28-year-old former Marine who was receiving VA health care, taking medications for post-traumatic stress … Continue reading

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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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Brown Water Update: VA updates list of Vietnam Navy ships exposed to Agent Orange

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2011/ All Rights Reserved)  The VA has finally posted an expanded list of U.S. Navy ships exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The so-called Brown Water ships list comes a year after U.S. Sen. … 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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Toxic Legacy: A brief history of Agent Orange in Vietnam

• 1961 to 1972: U.S. military sprays some 20 million gallons of Agent Orange and other herbicides across Vietnam and some parts of Laos under Operation Ranch Hand. • 1968-69: U.S. Military uses Agent Orange in Korean DMZ, exposing an estimated 12,000 veterans. • Early 1970s: Veterans begin … Continue reading

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