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October 10, 2011

■   PTSD's war toll: Combat veterans can turn to therapy to help ease the trauma -
The conference room on the Navy base is almost banal, a site of presentations and PowerPoints. But for the men gathered around the table in the room at the Jacksonville Naval Hospital's Deployment Health Center,...

■   PTSD's war toll: Spouses are often the first to notice effects -
Three days into Tony's tour as a guard at a detention facility in Iraq, the first mortar attack came. Pulling on every piece of protective equipment he could find, Tony rushed to a bunker. Inside:...

October 9, 2011

■   PTSD's war toll: Son didn't get the help he needed -
"How did you find out your son ... " the visitor trails off awkwardly at the end of the sentence, but Kay Watson doesn't flinch as she finishes it. "Committed suicide?" Her voice doesn't waver...

■   PTSD's war toll: Buddy system helps veterans battle demons -
It was a blow getting the letter from his ex-wife, the letter telling George Pappas his kids didn't want to see him. Not what he needed on top of money issues and roommate strife, on...

April 29, 2010

■   All aboard the Navy submarine; women now welcome, too -
And more changes are on the way, including a ban on smoking and a decision on the military’s 'don’t ask, don’t tell’ approach. ST. MARYS - The first of a series of changes coming to...

March 12, 2010

■   Florida troops hit the sand, ready for year's mission -
Pvt. 1st Class Kimberly Egipciaco was excited about deploying with the Florida National Guard when she was training at Camp Blanding, and was still excited when she and 2,500 other Guard members headed to Texas...

February 1, 2010

■   Mayport's 4th Fleet runs Navy's response in Haiti -
The first order of business, Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Spencer remembers, was just finding out how bad things were. It was shortly after 5 p.m. Jan. 12, and a news station on display in the 4th...

January 25, 2010

■   Haiti's shattered landscape: A view from above -
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Even from 12,500 feet in the air, even in black and white, the devastation in Haiti is unmistakable. Crumbled buildings, toppled shipping containers, destroyed homes: The scenes of destruction...

January 9, 2010

■   How a soldier deals with saying goodbye -
The reality that her husband was going off to war really hit April Bryan on Sunday night, just three days before Army Spc. Benny Bryan and the rest of his unit began their deployment. She...

November 24, 2009

■   Eisenhower Strike Group readies for deployment -
Navy Capt. Dee Mewbourne spoke quietly in the handset, his low voice still the loudest thing on the red-lit bridge of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Five minutes had passed between the launch of the...

November 20, 2009

■   Aircraft mechanics on a mission: Get S-3s skyward -
The S-3 Vikings used to be a common sight in the skies over Jacksonville, a city they called home for decades. That all ended in January, it seemed, when the Navy deactivated the last squadron...

November 13, 2009

■   Navy's new ship and crew multi-task -
The crew of the Navy's newest ship - a type that may one day fill the basin at Mayport Naval Station - has adapted to a new way of doing business as it prepares for...

October 7, 2009

■   USS McInerney: Its final deployment marks a milestone -
Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Limbrick just wanted a wet rag. The USS McInerney, upon which Limbrick is stationed, would be under way in a few days, and the sailor needed the cloth to finish...

September 7, 2009

■   Navy gets on board with social media -
Sailors griping about change probably dates back to the days of sailing ships. But when the U.S. Navy's chief enlisted sailor wanted to see how the force was dealing with new uniforms, he turned to...

August 3, 2009

■   Speicher's remains finally found in Iraq -
After an 18-year saga, the remains of downed F/A-18 pilot Michael Scott Speicher have been found in Iraq, the Pentagon announced Sunday, buried in a grave near where his plane crashed on the first day...

July 19, 2009

■   Civilians lend soldiers a helping hand -
Bill Neimes' job might sound fairly typical for a government engineer: Long days filled with bid conferences, site inspections and contractor meetings. Most engineers, though, don't have to deal with explosive devices going off near...

June 5, 2009

■   Military trying to get mental health care right -
Mike Murray got back to Mayport Naval Station from Afghanistan eight months ago, but his experiences there haven't faded. "I haven't had a good night's sleep once since I've gotten home, " said the petty...

April 9, 2009

■   Navy commits to unmanned vehicles in a big way -
The members of Navy Helicopter Squadron Light 42's seventh detachment would be busy enough this time of year anyway, as the pilots and maintainers work toward an upcoming deployment. But on top of the other...

January 23, 2009

■   Mayport sailor gets 3 months in brig -
A Mayport-based sailor who kicked and punched a handcuffed Iraqi detainee he was guarding will spend three months in the brig and forfeit $3,600 after pleading guilty Thursday to charges related to the incident. Seaman...

January 10, 2009

■   Love for tea may end his career -
There's nothing like a nice cup of tea to relax, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Javier Trevino used to think. Particularly herbal tea -- no caffeine to get his hands shaking while he was working...

November 9, 2008

■   Life undone: From service to streets -
By the time Gianna Fimbres washed up in Jacksonville in July, she had had enough. Enough rootlessness after hitchhiking here from Arizona. Enough dealing with emotional problems stemming from her time fighting in Iraq. Enough...

October 8, 2008

■   Grieving the loss of a fiance -
The wedding, Tavarus Setzler had said, should be this Thanksgiving. Setzler and his fiancee, Brittnie Jones, first planned on tying the knot next year, but sometime during the long hot days in Iraq, the soldier...

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