Leon Panetta Sued By Military Rape Victims

Leon Panetta Sued By Military Rape Victims Linda Franklin Shining Service WorldwideTwenty men and women are suing Leon Panetta claiming the Department of Defense failed to punish dozen of sexual assaults. A lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in San Francisco alleging current and former members of the U.S. military were sexually assaulted while serving. 
They further allege that they suffered retaliation when they reported the alleged crimes.

The lawsuit accuses the leadership of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force of failing to prosecute and properly investigate claims of sexual assault. 

Susan Burke, the lead lawyer representing the plaintiffs, has filed four other lawsuits alleging assaults in military branches.

A federal judge in Virginia in December tossed out a similar suit. Although the judge called the allegations troubling, he said the military disciplinary system should handle the cases.  In my opinion, that’s the problem.  Get these cased tried in courts outside the military jurisdiction. 

Cynthia Smith, a Department of Defense spokeswoman, declined to discuss the latest lawsuit.

In March, after several service members filed a suit against the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy, funding was increased for investigators and judge advocates to receive training in sexual assault cases. 

In addition, a two-star general was appointed to direct a sexual assault response and prevention office.

More and more victims of these assaults are lifting the curtain of secrecy and shame and coming forward.  This is how change happens. They are so brave and I honor their courage.

All of us have got to unite and stand behind our military sisters.  This is an issue for all women whether or not they are in uniform.  

You Gotta Have Heart – women supporting women.

Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family.  Our goal is successful re-integration back into civilian life


PTSD Vaccine – Is This The Answer?

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All it takes is one loud noise to trigger a flood of awful memories. Post traumatic stress disorder haunts one in every six soldiers coming back from Iraq and nearly 8,000,000 Americans in all.

Standard treatment means therapy and meds that don’t always work and have side effects. One doctor is treating PTSD with an injection that he said can block the painful memories.

The way I look at PTSD, it’s a biological problem. It’s no different from a broken arm,” said Eugene Lipov, MD, Medical Director of Advanced Pain Center.

Dr. Eugene Lipov is the first to use a local anesthetic to treat PTSD. It’s called stellate ganglion block – SGB. It’s been used since the 1920s to treat pain. In this 10-minute procedure, Dr. Lipov injects it next to a bundle of nerves in the neck. “It works in 30 minutes. What else works in 30 minutes,” explained Dr. Lipov. “The drugs take two, three months, maybe six, if ever.”

Lipov said when a traumatic event is experienced, nerves in the brain sprout like flowers. By applying the local anesthetic, the nerve growth factor returns to normal. In a recent study at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, doctors found the shot provided “immediate, significant and durable relief” for two soldiers who didn’t respond to pills.

Other doctors said more safety studies need to be done before the treatment is widely used.

Dr. Lipov said one injection could last years, even a lifetime. It costs between $500 and $1,000. He’s currently performing a single blind study to provide the data needed to make this a more widely accepted treatment. There is no cost for patients in the study. Dr. Lipov does have FDA clearance to use the injection on patients.

Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family.  Our goal is successful re-integration to civilian life.He

Blue Button Reaches One Million Registered Patients

by Linda Franklin

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that, during the month of August, the one millionth patient has registered for Blue Button to access and download their Personal Health Record (PHR) information.

“Since President Obama announced the availability of Blue Button two years ago, VA has worked with their sister agencies to make online access to personal health records convenient, reliable, and safe.

The Blue Button enables patients to assemble and download personal health information into a single, portable file that can be used inside a growing number of private health care electronic records–as well as those in the VA, Department of Defense, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and private sector partners.  The VA Blue Button PHR includes prescription history, the ability to review past appointments and medical history details, wellness reminders and emergency contact information. Because it is web-based, the information is available anywhere, any time.  Its security measures are identical to those employed by retail websites that accept credit cards.

“VA believes that patients are hungry for their health information,” said Peter Levin, VA’s Chief Technology Officer. “The simplicity of Blue Button makes it easy for other public agencies and Federal Employee Health Program carriers to participate.  Getting to one million registered users so quickly is a great validation for our team.”

The Blue Button will see even wider use as more non-profit organizations and health care industry partners, such as Kaiser Permanente and Aetna adopt it as an integral part of their customer health records.   One of the most recent Blue Button partners is UnitedHealth Group.

For more information on the Blue Button initiative, please visit:  http://www.va.gov/bluebutton/

Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family.  Our goal is successful re-integration to civilian life.He