Get ready for the VVA National
Leadership Conference in Nashville. The PTSD/SA Committee is
sponsoring a seminar on Friday, August 7, that should be of
interest to all veterans. It is entitled "Exposure to Combat,
PTSD and Future Medical Problems: The Health Impact of
Military Service for Vietnam Veterans." The presenter, Dr. Joe
Boscarino, is one of the country’s leading PTSD researchers.
He is a Vietnam veteran and epidemiologist at the New York
Academy of Medicine, he has conducted hundreds of studies over
the past 30 years, including 20 involving veterans’ health
outcomes. It promises to be a great presentation.
The newly revised PTSD tri-fold brochure is being distributed
with the assistance of VVA’s Conference of State Council
Presidents and Veterans Service Officers. Additional copies of
the brochure will be available at the Leadership Conference.
In addition, the PTSD/SA Committee is reviewing a proposed
update of the on-line "Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Guide’’
that can be found under the Benefits News and Resources
section on VVA’s website. The committee is also developing its
own web page with assistance from the Communications
Department for inclusion on the VVA web site.
As you may have heard, VA Secretary Principi recently
announced his decisions to reconfigure the VA’s facilities and
health care services. The PTSD/SA Committee remains very
concerned about the impact of the reconfiguration on the VA’s
PTSD and related mental health programs.
VVA President Tom Corey said, ``We remain particularly
concerned by the lack of beds and staff to treat the
psychiatric and neuropsychological wounds of war. VVA will
continue to press hard until the VA performs a proper needs
assessment to make VA a true veterans’ health care system that
can deal with wounds, illnesses, and toxic exposures that
exist on the modern battlefield.’’
Indeed, we need to monitor any and all changes to existing VA
PTSD programs and services. Our lives and the lives of the
veterans who follow depend on it.