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'The American Veteran' Targets TBI and PTSD
Date:12/13/2007

relives moments in history with those who lived them, reminding veterans of the bond of service they all share.

The VA Office of Public Affairs offers the program to local broadcasters and cable outlets and makes it available for viewing on the VA Web site, http://www.va.gov. Just click on "Public Affairs" and then "Featured Items."

"The American Veteran" schedule on The Pentagon Channel is available at http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/ where people can also view the program as it is broadcast. The Pentagon Channel has more than 1 million military viewers and is delivered domestically via DISH, EchoStar, T-Warner and Cox cable systems. (Check for service in your area.)

A preview of the January edition of "The American Veteran" follows:

-- Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury -- Powerful blasts from new types of weapons being used by insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan are inflicting multiple wounds, including previously unseen injuries to the brain. VA is responding to this challenge with new treatments and protocols.

-- Bereavement Counseling -- VA's Vet Center bereavement counselors are helping the families and comrades of our fallen soldiers. The family of Army Specialist Brad Beard received help at the Raleigh, N.C., Vet Center.

-- Combat Veterans Recovering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. -- VA is testing all veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who seek treatment at VA facilities for PTSD. At the PTSD Center in Batavia, N.Y., younger service members are benefiting from the experience of older veterans who served in Vietnam.

-- Philadelphia Sleep Center -- Sleep doesn't come easy to many veterans and disorders such as sleep apnea are more common in the VA community compared to the national population.

-- Returning Soldiers at Ft. Hood, Texas -- Service members are either tra
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SOURCE U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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