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Task Force Calls For More 'Evidence Based' Treatment Of Veterans

David Perera | FierceGovernment | March 26, 2013

The assessment tool the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments use to assess cognitive function after a head injury, the Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metric, lacks clear scientific evidence supporting its effectiveness, says a report from an Institute of Medicine task force. Read More »

Texas Vets Dying Young At Alarming Rate

Barrett Welch and Leesha Faulkner | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal | September 30, 2012

A six-month investigation by the Austin American-Statesman of Texas’ Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who died after leaving the military found that an alarmingly high percentage died from prescription drug overdoses, toxic drug combinations, suicide and single-car crashes — a largely unseen pattern of early death that federal authorities are failing to adequately track. Read More »

The Human Side of Developing Integrated Electronic Health Records

Bob Brewin | NextGov | July 6, 2012

As the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments work to develop an integrated electronichealth record the concept is simple—streamline the military health care system for active-duty service members, veterans and retirees—but getting there is not. Read More »

The Last Battle: Efforts To Provide Mental Health Care For War Veterans Falling Short

Greg Barnes and John Ramsey | | September 26, 2012

The last battle of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is being fought at home. And in 2012, the military and the VA have done more than ever to respond to the anguish of men and women who are haunted by war...But there is little evidence that the tide has turned in the battle. Read More »

The Last Battle: Is The Army Doing Enough To Help Soldiers Suffering From Mental Health Problems?

Greg Barnes | | September 23, 2012

The Army has rolled out program after program aimed at identifying and helping soldiers who suffer from mental health problems related to a decade of war. Despite those efforts, figures show that soldiers and veterans continue to commit crimes and take their own lives in record numbers.

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The Question Your Healthcare Provider Will Ask At Your Next Visit

Press Release | American Academy of Nursing (AAN) | September 12, 2013

56% of community providers don’t routinely ask their patients about being a current or former member of the armed forces or a family member. The American Academy of Nursing starts a new campaign, “Have you ever served in the military?,” encourages healthcare providers to ask about their patients’ military background to raise the quality of health assessments and appropriate diagnosis and treatment of the military members. Read More »

Those Ocean-Going Robots We Told You About Just Got Smarter

Todd Woody | Quartz | April 8, 2013

What could be cooler than solar-and-wave-powered robots that roam the oceans collecting data for climate scientists and oil companies while performing top-secret missions for the military? Here’s what: Ones that can think for themselves. Read More »

Time To Pay The Price Of War

Leila Levinson | Huffington Post | September 21, 2012

Help has been slow to come for members of our military and our veterans in crisis. Nearly 1 million veterans from various wars await a ruling from the Veterans Administration on their claims for disability. The VA estimates that in the next several months, another 1.2 million claims will come in as more troops return and more veterans recognize that they suffer from PTSD...
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Troops Stressed to Breaking Point

Rowan Scarborough | Washington Times | March 20, 2012

A recent Army health report draws an alarming profile of a fighting force more prone to inexcusable violence amid an “epidemic” of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the mental breakdown attracting speculation as a factor in a massacre of Afghan civilians this month. Read More »

Using the Military to Provide Health Services

Steve Benen | The Maddow Blog | May 10, 2012

The men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces are called upon to perform some pretty extraordinary tasks, including heroic health care services for injured troops in the field at in V.A. hospitals. Read More »

VA Awards Grants To Improve Health Care Access For Women Veterans

Press Release | Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) | January 25, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently awarded 32 grants to VA facilities for projects that will improve emergency health care services for women Veterans, expand women’s health education programs for VA staff, and offer telehealth programs to female Veterans in rural areas. Read More »

VA, DOD Oromise Online, Lifelong Military Medical Records by 2017

Leo Shane III | Stars and Stripes | May 22, 2012

The departments of defense and veterans affairs plan to fully merge their health care records systems in the next five years, with the goal of giving troops and veterans a single, seamless system to track medical care throughout their lifetime.

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VA, DoD To Expand Health Information Exchanges

Nicole Blake Johnson | Federal Times | August 29, 2012

The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments are ready to expand 13 pilot programs and offer veterans’ health information exchanges nationwide. Read More »

Veterans Suicide Rate: The War at Home

J. Patrick Coolican | Las Vegas Sun | February 24, 2012

We know that suicide is a terrible problem in Nevada, with a rate 50 percent higher than the national average. Among military veterans and especially young veterans, however, it’s a crisis, according to new data from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. Read More »

Veterans’ Health Care Has Evolved With The Times, Medical Director Says

C. Benjamin Ford | | November 9, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ medical system has had to evolve with the changing population of veterans, from aging World War II-era soldiers to a new influx of veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and to more female veterans than ever. Read More »