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Postpartum Depression Affects One-in-Seven New Mothers

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Postpartum Depression Affects One-in-Seven New Mothers

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Military Sexual Trauma

A Veteran shares his story to help others

Michael Beason had a troubled childhood. He was sexually molested at age 10. Was bullied in high school. Was isolated at home, and his relationship with his parents left a lot to be desired. Things came to a head during Christmas time in 1989. Mike’s parents told him that he had two choices when he turned 18 years old. That birthday was only one month away.

His choices: join the military or leave home. His choice was a fateful one. In June 1990 Mike decided to enlist in the Army. After completing basic training his first duty station was in South Korea where he served for 11 months.

Three weeks after arriving in Korea, Mike was sexually molested by his first sergeant. “At first, I had no intention of telling anyone what happened to me,” said Mike. “However, that would not last long. Within a couple of weeks that first sergeant was caught assaulting another male soldier.” Mike explains that a fellow soldier in his platoon told him about the assault. As a result, Mike decided to report his assault to his company commander.

For the rest of this story and others, go to the January VAPORHCS Veteran Connection newsletter.

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VA Portland Research Day
May 23, 2017  10:00 AM - 11:30 AM  (PST)  
PVAMC, Bldg. 100, Auditorium

Grief and Loss Group - Vancouver Session
May 24, 2017  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  (PST)  
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Portland Medical Center "Quit Now" Tobacco Cessation Groups
May 24, 2017  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  (PST)  
Bldg. 104, P2 MHC Room 105A, (large group room)

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