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Minnesota National Guard
Health Issues

Combat Operational Stress (COS)

Combat Operational Stress (COS) is characterized by acute and chronic stress faced by those who have experienced combat.   Combat Operational Stress differs from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and has specific methods that returning veterans need to know in order to adapt.

 

  Lt. Col. Susan Whiteaker of the 88th Reserve Support Command Operational Stress Control Team describes the characteristics and treatment of Combat Operational Stress. Listen now to the “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” podcast on Combat Operational Stress.
(Run time 48:45, recorded 9/21/06)

Combating Addictive Behaviors

Help is available for returning veterans that need help combating addictive behaviors such as substance abuse and gambling. Contact the Veteran Affairs Medical Center near you for immediate assistance.

 

  Claudia Colleran, MA, and Jonelle Draughn, LICSW, discuss issues surrounding returning veterans and combating addictive behaviors.
Listen now to the “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” podcast on combating addictive behaviors.
(Run time 52:27, recorded 9/21/06)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Soldiers and Airmen who encounter stressors, or perceived threats, experience a stress response. That response includes physical, emotional, and cognitive components in both short and long-term processes. Contact the Veterans Medical Center for more information.

 

  Listen now to the “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” podcast on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Sexual Trauma

Help is available for returning veterans that need help combating any type of sexual trauma. Contact the Veteran Affairs Medical Center near you for immediate assistance.

  Maj. Cynthia Rasmussen is the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator of the 88th Regional Readiness Command and talks about sexual harassment that SARC deals with from a returning solider.
Listen now to the “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” podcast on Sexual Trauma.
(Run time 46:54, recorded 9/21/06)

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

The rate of combat-related brain injuries in service members returning from the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan appears to be higher than in previous conflicts. Nearly 30% of all patients with combat-related injuries seen at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 2003 to 2005 sustained a TBI.

  Jack Avery speaks on the effects of Traumatic Brain Injury due to combat.
Listen now to the “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” podcast on Traumatic Brain Injury.

TRICARE: Maneuvering the System

Upon returning from active duty, Soldiers and airmen have a choice of benefits for themselves and their families through TRICARE.

  Listen now to the “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” podcast on TRICARE.

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