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Blue Cross and Partners to Host Combat Stress Conference for Minnesota's Health Care Professionals
Date:10/9/2007

t stress is vital to addressing the mental health needs of our troops and their families throughout the deployment cycle. If providers don't know what to look for, they may miss a crucial clue of the kind of treatment a patient really needs."

Key conference presenter is retired Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, author of On Killing: The Psychological Costs of Learning to Kill in War and Society. Grossman's book explores the reactions of healthy people in killing circumstances (such as police and military in combat) and the factors that enable and restrain killing in these situations.

Additional sponsors include the Minnesota Psychological Association, University of Minnesota and the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

About Blue Cross

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota's first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. A nonprofit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.9 million members in Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by its affiliated companies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. Go to http://www.bluecrossmn.com to learn more about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

About TriWest Healthcare Alliance

TriWest Healthcare Alliance partners with the Department of Defense to do "Whatever It Takes" to support the health care needs of 2.9 million members of America's military family. A Phoenix-based corporation, TriWest provides access to cost-effective, high-quality health care in the 21-state TRICARE West Region, the 2007 TRICARE Region of the year. TriWest
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