Stories by Penny Coleman

Penny Coleman is the author of Flashback: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide and the Lessons of War. Her Web site is Flashback. subscribe to Penny Coleman's feed

Posted on: Apr 21, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Joe Bangert is being jailed for doing exactly what he was trained to do: calling for backup when he feels threatened.

Posted on: Dec 28, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Medical marijuana may have a host of advantages over other treatments for traumatized vets, but the VA won't even study its efficacy.

Posted on: Dec 9, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Hey, all you quitters and whiners: If it’s bad and it hurts, you have to try harder, have faith, and above all, think positive!

Posted on: Nov 10, 2009, Source: AlterNet

This Veterans Day, let's get past the bunting and ribbons and look at our returning troops' real needs.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2009, Source: AlterNet

"Everyone has the potential to be a sex offender. It depends on how they have been conditioned."

Posted on: Sep 8, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Far too many soldiers end up behind bars while the rest of us are free to ignore the human evidence of what our military ventures really cost.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2009, Source: AlterNet

How the justice system has been manipulated to put astonishing numbers of vets with PTSD and other psychiatric injuries behind bars.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Veterans are more likely to get longer sentences than non-veterans for the same crime. How can we treat returning soldiers so badly?

Posted on: May 11, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Yesterday's attack was the deadliest by a fellow soldier since Bush's wars began. The trauma of combat may be the source.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Along the way, I ate Burger King in Peshawar, developed a debilitating drug habit and caught a 3-year prison sentence.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2009, Source: AlterNet

"When it got really bad, I dumped 5 tons of sand into my basement to remind me of Afghanistan."

Posted on: Dec 18, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The Army's new recruitment tool lets high-tech video game centers desensitize, condition, train and even enlist America's youth.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Obviously, the most immediate and reliable way to prevent soldier suicides is to get troops out of harm's way -- bring them home.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2008, Source: AlterNet

This outrage gives "supporting the troops" a whole new meaning.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Questions remain about how depleted uranium waste from the first Gulf War was transferred, and whether health risks were posed.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Vets are killing themselves in growing numbers, but the government sees suicides as a way to lower the official average processing time of claims.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The latest episode of the Department of Veterans Affairs' callous denial of veterans' suffering is a continuation of a long tradition.

Posted on: May 30, 2008, Source: AlterNet

A rare bit of good news for the anti-war movement goes largely ignored by the media.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2008, Source: AlterNet

An activist travels to the DoD's annual suicide prevention conference, only to find the military brass living in a parallel universe.

Posted on: Apr 20, 2008, Source: AlterNet

"How will I survive the wait and the not-knowing, and will I survive at all if my worst fears are realized?"