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Second Lady Karen Pence visits Fort Campbell’s Intrepid Spirit

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence visited the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) Intrepid Spirit Center today to see how its art therapy program is helping Soldiers recover from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress.

Pence is an advocate for art therapy and dedicates time to bring more attention and understanding to the practice. Art therapy promotes participants’ ability to unlock emotional expression through non-verbal as well as verbal communication through the use of art materials, the creative process to support and improve cognitive functioning and emotional well-being.

During a Feb. 28 visit to Intrepid Spirit Center – Fort Campbell, Mrs. Karen Pence, Second Lady of the United States, meets with Art Therapist Harriet Ellner and Soldiers who have benefitted from the healing powers of art therapy. Mrs. Leah Esper, wife of Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, accompanied Mrs. Pence on her visit to Fort Campbell. (U.S. Army Photo by David E. Gillespie)

During a Feb. 28 visit to Intrepid Spirit Center – Fort Campbell, Mrs. Karen Pence, Second Lady of the United States, meets with Art Therapist Harriet Ellner and Soldiers who have benefitted from the healing powers of art therapy. Mrs. Leah Esper, wife of Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, accompanied Mrs. Pence on her visit to Fort Campbell. (U.S. Army Photo by David E. Gillespie)

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American Heart Association reports Young Adults with PTSD may have a Higher Risk of Stroke in Middle Age

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – According to new research published in Stroke, a journal of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, Young adults who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be more likely to experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or major stroke event by middle age, raising the risk as much as other better-known risk factors.

This nationwide study of more than 1.1 million adults showed that PTSD may be a potent risk factor for developing stroke at a young age. (American Heart Association)

This nationwide study of more than 1.1 million adults showed that PTSD may be a potent risk factor for developing stroke at a young age. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Veterans with Mental Health Conditions have Higher Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – According to new research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal, veterans with specific mental health disorders – depression, psychosis and bipolar disorder – had an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death from cardiovascular disease.

Veterans with more severe forms of mental health disorders, especially psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, had the highest cardiovascular risk.

Veterans with more severe forms of mental health disorders, especially psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, had the highest cardiovascular risk.

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#BeThere Clarksville Summit to feature “Lived-Experience” Panel

 

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – A local suicide prevention summit will feature a “lived-experience” panel discussion led by two people whose lives have been touched by suicide.

Bryan Flanery, an U.S. Army Veteran who was injured in combat in Afghanistan and who survived a suicide attempt, and Cynthia Johnson, an author and hospice coordinator who endured the tragedy of losing her son to suicide, will share their stories.

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American Heart Association study shows Veterans with depression and/or PTSD more likely to seek cardiac rehab

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – According to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or depression were more likely to use cardiac rehabilitation services after an episode of ischemic heart disease than those who didn’t have PTSD or depression.

A large study offers new evidence that mental health disorders may not be a barrier to cardiac rehabilitation. (American Heart Association)

A large study offers new evidence that mental health disorders may not be a barrier to cardiac rehabilitation. (American Heart Association)

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Dodging the Roadkill: Psychologically Spring

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – It’s time to SPRING FORWARD and I couldn’t be more excited. I am NOT a fan of winter and although it’s not officially spring, psychologically, I’m there.

I hate January and February. 

I guess the older I get, the more I can’t tolerate cold temperatures.  Plus, it cuts down on my “biker” time.  In my part of the country, Tennessee, we have some of the most schizophrenic weather you will find.

One day it could be 60 degrees, then the next day, 25. We could have snow overnight,that would melt away to a fifty degree day by afternoon. 

Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

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Dodging the Roadkill: Psychologically Spring

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – It’s time to SPRING FORWARD and I couldn’t be more excited. I am NOT a fan of winter and although it’s not officially spring, psychologically, I’m there.

I hate January and February. 

I guess the older I get, the more I can’t tolerate cold temperatures.  Plus, it cuts down on my “biker” time.  In my part of the country, Tennessee, we have some of the most schizophrenic weather you will find.

Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

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Dodging the Roadkill: Encouragement

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I HATE the time switch.  I’m a warm weather fan, so moving the clocks back an hour just tells me that the cold weather is coming and it gets darker earlier. 

But I don’t want to talk about the weather or the time switch.  If you’ve been following my journey then you know my story.  This motorcycle changed my life.  

We’re approaching the holidays filled with family get togethers, turkey and dressing, Christmas music and Santa Claus.  A festive time of the year and a time to give thanks and count our blessings. But this time of the year can be a struggle for some of you and I know exactly how you feel. 

Hank and his motorcycle.

Hank and his motorcycle.

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Heart failure in Methamphetamine Users: Could this be the next epidemic among Vets?

 

American Heart AssociationAnaheim, CAHeart failure associated with methamphetamine (meth) use has risen dramatically in recent years among U.S. veterans, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017, a premier global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians.

Heart failure associated with methamphetamine use is on the rise among U.S. veterans. (American Heart Association)

Heart failure associated with methamphetamine use is on the rise among U.S. veterans. (American Heart Association)

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Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court Celebrates Five Years of Making Difference

 

Montgomery County Government TennesseeMontgomery County, TN – The Montgomery Veterans Treatment Court is celebrating their 5-year anniversary on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 at 1:00pm. They also will host a Phase V promotion ceremony for court participants in Judge Kenneth Goble Jr.’s courtroom at that time.

Former United States Attorney General Judge Alberto R. Gonzales will be the guest speaker at the event. Gonzales served as Attorney General during the George W. Bush Administration.

Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court

Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court

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