Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Texas Medical Schools to Focus on Veteran Health, PTSD

Veterans returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan face different health challenges from veterans of previous wars, and many cannot find the care they need to transition to civilian life, reports Texas Medicine magazine.

These men and women survived wounds that in earlier wars would have killed them. Some have lost limbs. Still more suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a disease that is well-known but not well understood by the general public. Those who do not get the care they need are at risk of impaired health, unemployment, homelessness, and suicide.

Texas physicians seek to improve care and improve the lives of Texas’ 1.7 million veterans. To meet the unique health care needs of veterans, several Texas medical schools are among 130 U.S. colleges of medicine pledging to include courses on PTSD and traumatic brain injury. Additionally, dozens of medical societies are partnering with the national Joining Forces program to serve and support America’s military families.

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