PTSD

Cramer & Hoeven Welcome Veterans Affairs Secretary to Fargo

Sec. Robert Wilkie toured the Fargo VA and the private practice healing with hyperbarics

FARGO, N.D. — Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer took Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie on a tour of a facility in Fargo that is changing the way veterans are treated for PTSD and brain injuries. On August 13, 2005, Tyler Einarson was serving his country in Afghanistan, keeping watch while the rest of his team was cleaning up. “I…

Ruck Marchers Trek Across North Dakota to Honor Veterans and Raise Awareness for PTSD

Last year they went from the Canadian border to South Dakota border

FARGO, N.D. — It’s a nearly 400–mile–trek, and it’s all to honor veterans who have taken their lives. Ruck marchers went from the Western border of North Dakota to Fargo with 20 pounds on their backs to represent the 20 veterans who take their lives every day. ” like I got hit by a truck, dragged down the road, and hit…

Fargo VA Now Offering Whole Health, Primary Prevention Practice to Help Veterans Heal

every VA hospital in the country will have a whole health component by 2019

FARGO, N.D. — The Fargo VA celebrates one of their new departments at the hospital with Whole Health Day. KVRR’s Danielle Church tells us how whole health is getting rid of surgery and medication to try a more natural healing process. Fargo’s VA just added another tool to its toolbox. “Everything isn’t disease–based anymore. It focuses on primary prevention and overall…

How to Help a Loved One Who is Struggling with Sexual Assault

Victims tell their story when they're ready to. How you can help. KMSP Fox 9 Reporter Iris Perez reports

ST. PAUL, Minn. — With several people in power being accused of sexual assault and harassment, many people are looking to reach out to the victims. They are looking for a way to help. “It reminds all of us of whatever past traumas and experiences we’ve had,” Teri Walker McLaughlin says.  She is the executive director with the Minnesota Coalition…

Special Guests Stop by Discovery Middle School to Teach Life Lessons About War

The students are currently reading the short story "Stop the Sun" about a boy's feelings about his father who is suffering from PTSD after the Vietnam War

FARGO, ND — Eighth graders at Discovery Middle School are learning from Vietnam Veterans about their experiences. The students are currently reading the short story “Stop the Sun” about a boy’s feelings about his father who is suffering from PTSD after the Vietnam War. The veterans say that war is very different today than it was when they were in…

Fergus Falls Jury Deliberates Over Sanity of War Veteran who Killed His Father

They did not convict him of first-degree murder since they didn't believe the crime was premeditated

  FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — The second phase of a trial for a man just convicted of killing his father is underway in Fergus Falls. A jury is considering whether 29-year-old Dustin Defiel was suffering from mental illness when he shot and killed his father, Rick, at his parent’s house last June. On Friday, they found Defiel guilty of second-degree…

Veterans Show Off Artwork at Fargo’s Veterans Creative Arts Festival

Veterans presented various works they've made through art therepy to help treat their post-traumatic stress

FARGO, N.D. — Post-traumatic stress disorder is all too common among veterans, but one way to ease some of the pain is through art therapy. Some local veterans who use this method showed off their best work at the Fargo VA Medical Center. More than 40 artists submitted about 70 pieces of artwork for this exhibition. The pieces fall under…