Daniel Mason's novel, The Winter Soldier, follows Lucius Krzelewski, a 22-year-old medical student living in Vienna when World War I breaks out. Eager to do his part and allured by the vision of the noble, battlefield medic, Lucius enlists. But when he arrives on the front line, the reality of his situation comes into focus: the other doctors have fled, only a strange and secretive nurse remains, and Lucius has never even held a scalpel. A story of war and family, love and history, The Winter Soldier is a gripping novel equally stocked with mystery, excitement, and a brutal history.

Santee Firefighters Association

Starting Monday, Idaho’s first responders will be able to draw more easily workers’ compensation for job-related, post-traumatic stress.

“I’m driving through the parking lot going, ‘Man, if I see any cars I know, I’m not going,’ and then you park a couple blocks out, you do the army crawl, hide behind bushes and get in there,” said Boise Fire Captain Rob Christensen, remembering the first time he went to a counselor.

Therapist Elizabeth Heaney spent years traveling from base to base counseling military veterans and their families for post traumatic stress disorder and she chronicled her experience in the book The Honor Was Mine. She joins Idaho Matters to talk about addressing these veteran issues.

Santee Firefighters Association

Idaho Democratic representative Mat Erpelding has introduced legislation that would provide coverage for first responders who suffer from PTSD as a result of their service. The Boise lawmaker joins Idaho Matters with Boise's fire chief to parse out the bill and the importance of addressing mental as well as physical health for first responders.

  • Federal legislation expands treatment for opioid addiction.
  • Idaho lawmakers look to treat PTSD among first responders.
  • Big River Paranormal hunts down Gem State specters.


Following the deadly attack against Boiseans attending a child's birthday party, Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan called for a re-examination of the methods used to treat fire fighters and other first responders for PTSD, telling the Idaho Press, "I do know that more firefighters killed themselves than died in the line of duty."

On The Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jul 10, 2018

  • Re-evaluating treatment of post traumatic stress for first responders.
  • Idaho's first openly gay Republican candidate talks about the GOP of 2018.
  • A new entertainment plaza opens in Caldwell.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

This week we've been bringing you the story of Idaho Army veteran Dan Sperry and his service dog Awescar.  This large labradoodle has had a major role in helping Dan cope with post traumatic stress disorder.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Awescar is normally an obedient dog.

“It’s okay buddy, okay, I guess you’re going to sit up here. What is it?” asks Dan Sperry.

This 70 pound white labradoodle is supposed to sit on the floor until Dan says it’s okay to jump up into his lap.  But today Awescar won’t leave Dan alone.  “You’re a good boy! He definitely wants to come and lay down on your lap.”

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

This week we are bringing you the story of Dan Sperry. He's a U.S. Army veteran from Idaho and for the last two decades he's lived with post traumatic stress disorder or P.T.S.D.  We met Dan in 2010 and began to record his story of how he's found a new life by using a service dog

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

In Salem, Oregon a former Army staff sergeant named Jarrid Starks has run out of the medications that keep him stable. He has severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental and physical wounds of war. But he’s currently not eligible for veterans’ health benefits that would include prescription refills. That’s because Starks was kicked out of the Army for bad behavior. He’s far from alone. 

Army Secretary: Nationwide Inquiry Underway After Madigan PTSD Scandal

Mar 21, 2012

A scandal over PTSD diagnoses at Madigan Army Hospital  has triggered an Army-wide Inspector General investigation. That’s according to the Secretary of the Army, John McHugh. 

He was questioned at length  Wednesday by Washington Senator Patty Murray. She noted that 40 percent of soldiers who were evaluated by a special psychiatric team at Madigan had their Post Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnoses downgraded or reversed.