The cover to "Solito" by Javier Zamora.

New memoir speaks to the trauma of migration and the potential for healing


Poet and author Javier Zamora recounts nearly every detail of his harrowing journey from El Salvador to the United States when he was 9 years old in a new memoir called “Solito.”

Why One Iraq Veteran Supports Limited US Military Intervention in Syria

Conflict & Justice

The Lingering Stress of War for Military Families

Two Veterans Separated by 30 Years Come to Terms With PTSD

The Collective Experience of PTSD

A Father’s Account Of His Late Son’s Battle With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This week The Takeaway is exploring the individual and collective experience of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in America as we enter the long aftermath of two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Everyday 22 veterans commit suicide–almost one an hour. Last year there were a total of 349 suicides among active personnel. It is also important […]

Some soldiers confront reality where PTSD is part of their identity

Global Politics

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have sent hundreds of thousands of soldiers home with post-traumatic stress disorder. The issue is serious, but for some it’s even more complicated. For soldiers like Matt Cook, the psychological toll of war once seemed like an essential right of passage. Today, it’s his reality.

Israeli medical experience influential in Boston response to marathon bombings

Health & Medicine

American hospitals don’t have deep experience with injuries from explosions in urban areas. When the hospitals were faced with treating hundreds wounded by the Boston Marathon attacks, they could have been overwhelmed. But they weren’t, in part because of lessons learned by Israel.

Military uses war simulations to help prevent PTSD in soldiers

Health & Medicine

War simulations are being used by the military to mentally prepare and test soldiers for the stressful conditions they could face during war. Researchers hope to prevent future cases of PTSD among combat veterans through new initiatives they’re testing now.

A new name for PTSD could reduce stigma among veterans

Health & Medicine

Thousands of American soldiers suffer from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, yet many of them don’t seek help. Mental health professionals are hoping changing the name of PTSD will stamp out a stigma and encourage more veterans to request treatment.