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Post-Military Brain Injuries and the Pituitary Gland

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A recent study by doctors at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System indicates that nearly half of veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have low hormone levels, a condition known as hypopituitarism.

This problem with the body’s pituitary gland resembles post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, two problems that afflict too many veterans.

Although some military doctors may misdiagnose hypopituitarism, this medical condition can be controlled by supplementing the body’s hormones.

“This could be a largely missed opportunity for successful treatment,”

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VFW Welcomes Younger Post-Military Veterans

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VFW Post 2940 in Buffalo, New York recently welcomed 30 new members, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Younger post-military veterans may not be as familiar with the VFW as those who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, but the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is on their side, too.

In recent years, the VFW has promoted post-military programs aimed at preventing military suicides and battled for ...

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C-17 Cargo Aircraft and Air Mobility Command (AMC)

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Air Mobility Command (AMC) services cargo aircraft that transport equipment and personnel. AMC also supports air refueling and aeromedical evacuation operations. This air command provides global air mobility for the U.S. Air Force (USAF) .

AMC is headquartered at Scott Air Force Base and has 130,000 active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and Department of Defense (DOD) personnel.

AMC is home to the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. This T-tailed military transport can move military equipment, ...

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NASA Probe Examines Leaked Military Secrets

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NASA’s inspector general will audit the space agency’s Ames Research Center after learning that the Silicon Valley facility reportedly leaked military technologies to China and other countries.

The first reported violation of the International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR) involves a NASA moon lander prototype that used rocket engine technology from a secret Pentagon missile defense program.

Ames is also accused of providing foreign nationals with information about the radar from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and terrain ...

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IEDs and Post-Military Knowledge

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The Boston Marathon bombings have reintroduced the term IED, an acronym for improvised explosive device, into the American vocabulary.

IEDs aren’t new, however. Roadside bombs have long been a threat to U.S. soldiers serving in military theaters such as Iraq and Afghanistan.  Just ask post-military personnel from either conflict.

IEDs vary widely in shape and form, but they do share a common set of components and characteristics. As an article called IEDs and the American Street Threat explains, our ...

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What Makes the Glock a Great Handgun?

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Gaston Glock wasn’t a gunsmith. The engineer who invented the popular handgun that bears his last name didn’t even own a firearms factory when he introduced his pistol to the Austrian Army.  Gaston Glock thought outside the box, however, as Popular Mechanics learned during an interview with Paul Barrett, author of Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun.

There are several things that made – and still make – the Glock a great gun. Instead of six rounds, ...

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Air Force Special Ops (AFSOC) Receives Unfair Criticism

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It’s been almost three months since Naomi Wolf labeled JSOC specialists a group of

“completely unaccountable US assassins”

– and it still makes our blood boil. From the comfort of her cubicle or whatever coffee shop she calls an office, the writer for The Guardian accuses members of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) of

“extra-legal operations – and unimaginable crimes”.

Ms. Wolf writes well, but there not much that’s unimaginable to her active imagination. Her readers deserve the facts, however, and not ...

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VA to Expedite Claims Process for Some Post-Military

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Last week, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began expediting its decision making process for claims – at least for post-military veterans who have waited one year or longer. For the oldest VA disability claims, the agency will now make what it calls a “provisional rating” based on the available evidence. Veterans who disagree with a provisional decision will have up to a year to submit additional evidence, or to ask the VA to obtain additional ...

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DIY Rifle Maintenance

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Most gun owners who maintain their own firearms don’t have the tools of a professional gunsmith. Steel wood and sandpaper are fine for some DIY projects, but a tight rifle chamber or fouled shotgun barrel can ruin a day at the range. That’s why some shooters are trying flexible honing tools and a handheld electric drill for removing rust and corrosion.

Want to learn more? Then check out this description of how the Flex-Hone ...

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Post-Military Adventures – Air Force Athletes Train for Warrior Games

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Air Force athletes from across the country have crossed the finish line for a week-long training camp in Colorado Springs, CO. These hard-core post-military competitors are training for the Warrior Games, an Olympic style sporting event for ill, injured, and wounded service members and veterans in cycling, shooting, wheelchair volleyball, swimming, archery, and seated track and field. The sporting event is scheduled for May 11 to 16 at the U.S. Air Force Academy and ...

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