Navigation Links
Veterans for America's (VFA) Wounded Warrior Outreach Program Responds to Fort Drum in Aftermath of Report
Date:2/21/2008

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Veterans for America looks forward to continuing to work with leaders at Fort Drum as well as others in the U.S. Army to improve post-combat mental health care for our country's Soldiers.

The members of the 2nd BCT of the 10th Mountain Division have endured great hardship for all of us. Unfortunately, neither the Army nor the country at large was prepared to adequately address the great post-combat mental health burden created by our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The 2nd BCT is the most heavily used brigade in the U.S. Army, having been deployed four times in the six years after 9/11. The Army has reported that with each additional tour a service member's likelihood of having post-combat mental health problems increases by 60 percent. Members of the 2nd BCT were more than five times more likely to be killed than the average of all others who have been deployed.

Veterans for America applauds the steps that have been taken by Fort Drum's leaders to devote more resources to meeting the considerable post-combat mental health needs of Soldiers in the 2nd BCT. Hiring more permanent staff is a positive step. Bringing additional professionals from Walter Reed Army Medical Center is also laudable. But these Walter Reed-based professionals will return home after spending a few weeks or months in the North Country and recruiting qualified mental health professionals to work on base will continue to be a challenge.

Leaders at Fort Drum should know that they are not alone in this struggle. Creating a world-class system of treatment for post-combat mental health issues for Soldiers is a great national challenge.

According to Bobby Muller, President of Veterans for America, "While Veterans for America was not able to interview all the members of the 2nd BCT, it is clear to us that many Soldiers -- certainly more than those with whom we spoke -- are suffering greatly as a result of inadequate mental health care after fighting on our behalf."

It is deplorable that those who have served our country honorably should have to wait months to see a mental health care provider as members of the 2nd BCT were forced to do in early December 2007.

In the aftermath of our report, we are heartened to learn that wait times have been further reduced. While there is much more to be done, we are hopeful that things are moving in the right direction.

VFA's report can be found at: http://www.veteransforamerica.org


'/>"/>
SOURCE Veterans for America
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. McCain Myth Buster Day 3: John McCain and Veterans Health Care
2. Veterans Organizations Call for Lung Cancer Screening
3. Veterans for America Wounded Warrior Outreach Program
4. Easter Seals Launches Nationwide Program for U.S. Service Members and Veterans Deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan with Traumatic Brain Injury
5. NHPC tackles escalating health care costs, veterans health, comparative effectiveness research
6. Mental health linked to amputation risk in diabetic veterans
7. Predicting post-traumatic stress disorders in deployed veterans
8. EEG Institute to Provide Free Post-Traumatic Stress Treatment for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans
9. Knights Distribute $1 Million Worth of Wheelchairs to Veterans
10. Non-Profit Calls on Mental Health Professionals to Honor Veterans Day by Giving an Hour of Free Counseling to Returning Veterans
11. Report Release: Veterans for America Finds Care for PTSD and TBI Inadequate
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... The John P. McGovern Museum of Health ... anywhere to track their cognitive health, and share results with their physicians. Members and ... on the museum's website. , BrainCheck founder, Dr. David Eagleman, formerly at Baylor College ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... Ill., and Waycross, Ga. (PRWEB) , ... April ... ... market leader and trusted advisor within the telehealth industry, announces the company’s VideoMedicine ... U.S. board-certified primary care providers. Available 24 hours a day, Quick Care provides ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... , ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... designed to recognize elevated anxiety levels in people with addiction who are served ... Smart Patch, a biosensing wearable device that monitors heart and breath rates to ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... Come to PAINWeekEnd (PWE) Tampa ... Walter Blvd, for an educational and exciting 2-day program. , An attendee at ... this before they approach patients” about the course entitled Ain't Misbehavin': Decreasing and Managing ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... ... “Reflections of God’s Work”: an enlightening collection of life lessons leading each ... published author, Jerri Broglin, a survivor of great loss who gained insight on how ... for those searching for answers, as we are finding the answers that are so ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/19/2017)... April 19, 2017  IRIDEX Corporation (Nasdaq: ... results for the first quarter 2017 after the close ... management team will host a corresponding conference call beginning ... Investors interested in listening to the conference call ... callers or (703) 326-3030 for international callers, using conference ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... , April 19, 2017  Vanderbilt University Medical Center ... in Nashville , Tennesse have been ... Sphincter Stimulation for GERD (LESS GERD) trial. The EndoStim ... long-term reflux control by restoring normal function to the ... million people in the United States ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... Companion animal vaccines ... pets such as canine, avian and feline. ... such as Attenuated Live Vaccines, Conjugate Vaccines, Inactivated ... Recombinant Vaccines. Attenuated live vaccines are derived from ... have been weakend under laboratory conditions. Conjugate vaccines ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: