April 30, marks the 44 year anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. An unpleasant time to be a soldier. In 1955, President Eisenhower committed US support to South Vietnam. Beginning a war that today stands as the second longest that required American combat forces. The first being the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. During this war that spanned two decades, over 58,000 American soldier’s lives were lost. On the other side, nearly 2 million Vietnamese perished. Another 12 million became refugees. Tom Eberhardt served in the Navy from 1967 through 1970 and served in Vietnam. Still visibly upset, he remembers his time in basic training vividly. He recalls a commander that on … [Read more...] about 44 years later, the Vietnam War still haunts veterans
Emotional support dogs are not allowed on campus, but service dogs are, and even though many students may think they are the same thing, they are not. A service dog is trained to perform a function, or do a job, that his or her owner can’t perform on their own due to a physical, intellectual or emotional disability. These dogs may, of course, provide emotional support and comfort, but they are specifically trained to provide assistance beyond soothing benefits. Service dogs receive more legal protections than emotional support dogs and are allowed in just about any and every public space, whereas emotional support dogs do not enjoy the same widespread access. An emotion support … [Read more...] about Emotional Support Dogs Different Than Service Dogs?
By Arturo Brooks |Staff Writer| Since I was little I wanted to serve my country for glory and the fascination towards war. Thoughts of possible injury and death never crossed my mind then. When I was 19 I decided to make my dream become a reality by becoming U.S. Army 19-Delta Calvary Scout, which was against my parent’s wishes. My father was none too thrilled with 19-D having such a high causality rate. My mother was none too thrilled either. My stepfather at the time was a recruiter for the U.S. Army. He asked me, man to man, if this truly the job I wanted. I proudly expresses that is was truly what I wanted and he supported me. My mother and stepfather both helped me … [Read more...] about Veteran Thoughts: Fighting a War Inside
By Arturo Brooks |Staff Writer| Substance use disorder (SUD) has risen with veterans using medical marijuana for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the past fiscal years. From 2002 to 2014, the use of marijuana has risen 22.7 percent in veteran community, according to Veterans Affairs (VA). As of 2014, 40 thousand veterans with both SUD and PTSD were diagnosed with cannabis use disorder, according to VA. According to Dr. Smith, there are problems associated with the use of medical marijuana. “Physical dependence is a state that develops as result as tolerance or adaptation from the result of use of the drug disrupting the bodies biochemical,” said Smith. “Marijuana … [Read more...] about Consequences of Veteran Marijuana
By Chelsea Galvez |Staff Writer| Student Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can participate in Neurofeedback sessions through The Institute for Research, Assessment and Professional Development at CSUSB. The Neurofeedback program, developed four years ago by the Institute for research at CSUSB, may be used for individuals ages five-95 who suffer from depression, ADHD, epilepsy and more. Neurofeedback aids veterans suffering from PTSD as an alternative method to medication and analyzes an individual’s brain waves to identify parts that aren’t working to their highest ability. “Using neurofeedback, we can monitor their brain waves and identify the exact areas … [Read more...] about Neurofeedback program