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Morning Muster: 12/30/2014

Staff Sgt. Robbie Petry, tomb sentinel, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), places a rose at each of the four crypts of the Unknowns during his last walk ceremony Dec. 19 in Arlington National Cemetery, Va. (U.S. Army/Spc. Cody W. Torkelson)

Staff Sgt. Robbie Petry, tomb sentinel, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), places a rose at each of the four crypts of the Unknowns during his last walk ceremony Dec. 19 in Arlington National Cemetery, Va. (U.S. Army/Spc. Cody W. Torkelson)

Vets face overwhelmed staff at VA; research shows Gulf War illness is likely not myalgic encephalomyelitis; civilian disconnect leads to poor veteran treatment; vets with PTSD and mTBI face worse outcomes; veteran featured in songwriting story found dead

Kansas City Public Radio‘s Andy Marso takes a broad look at what veterans face in the Veterans Affairs health system, from overwhelmed staff to mental health issues to environmental exposures faced in Iraq and Afghanistan. The three-part series shows that, even as lawmakers and officials say VA has the best health care system in the world, it’s not enough to overcome medical errors or ensure sure people have basic care.

New research in Cytokine journal shows that, while Gulf War illness may have symptoms similar to myalgic encephalomyelitis, the two diseases have “distinct immune profiles,” according to prohealth.com.

The Atlantic‘s James Fallows explains that, as long as there are people willing to send troops to war without actually putting anything on the line themselves, service members and veterans will never be treated properly when they return. There’s a disconnect because, even as people admire the military, they have no understanding of its members. Fallows takes an oft-voiced complaint and digs deep.

A new study compared veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder to veterans with PTSD and mild traumatic brain injury and determined the second group has worse outcomes, reports PsychCentral‘s Traci Pedersen. They also found those with mild TBI may have ongoing, mild cognitive problems for some patients. The research came out in the Journal of Neurotrauma. Previous research focused on each condition separately.

A veteran featured in a story about a group that helps people deal with combat stress through song was found dead the day the story ran, reports The Associated Press. Adan Olid, who served three tours in Iraq, had said he considered jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, and he wrote a song about it. Police are waiting for toxicology reports to announce a cause of death. For veterans in crisis or their family members, the Veterans Crisis Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. Press 1 for help.

Bergmann & Moore, LLC, is a national law firm dedicated to serving the needs of veterans in compensation claims before and against the Department of Veterans Affairs. The firm’s partners are former VA attorneys who are very familiar with the VA system. Bergmann & Moore handles all kinds of cases, but has a concentration in claims involving PTSD, military sexual trauma and complex medical issues, such as brain cancer or degenerative issues, veterans exposed to Agent Orange often face. For more information, or to sign up for an email version of this blog, contact Kelly Kennedy at kkennedy@vetlawyers.com.

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