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December 27, 2012
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  • VA revises upward the number of PTSD cases since 2002
    A report released earlier this year by the Department of Veterans Affairs miscounted the number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who have sought treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder in the past decade, omitting 10,299 cases, or roughly 4% of the total number of PTSD cases, the VA acknowledged earlier this month. The number of Afghanistan and Iraq veterans seeking care for PTSD was roughly 30% of the total number who sought health care from 2002 to 2012, according to a revised VA report. NextGov (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Bill proposes changes to manage military health care needs
    A compromise version of the 2013 defense authorization bill has several provisions aimed at meeting military health care needs and managing costs. Tricare participants would not have to pay increased enrollment fees, for example, but would see slight increases to pharmacy copayments, and future copay increases would be tied to cost-of-living adjustments given to military retirees. The bill would also increase access to mental health services for veterans and require the Defense Department to offer suicide prevention training via a program for reservists and National Guard members. Army Times Prime (subscription required) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Decades-old U.S. flag travels to combat zones
    A combat brigade in southern Afghanistan has for the past nine months been carrying a 45-year-old flag that belongs to a Vietnam War veteran whose son was carrying it in Iraq in 2005 when he was killed. The flag has made multiple trips to Iraq and Afghanistan, has traveled to Kuwait and has been carried by each of the four main military branches. Stars and Stripes/Honolulu Star-Advertiser (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Military reviews the drop in Afghanistan-related TBI
    The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center has reported a drop in cases of traumatic brain injury among U.S. forces serving in Afghanistan, from 645 cases per month in 2011 to 373 per month from January to October 2012. While declines in troop levels and overall mortality rates tied to improvised explosive devices are considered factors, analysts also say better diagnosis and treatment of concussions in combat zones could be responsible for the change. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind."
--William Butler Yeats,
Irish poet and playwright

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