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February 6, 2013
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  • VA says 500,000 veterans with PTSD treated in 2012
    More than 500,000 veterans diagnosed with PTSD were treated at VA hospitals and clinics in fiscal year 2012, according to figures from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Twenty-five percent of those veterans served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the rest served in previous wars, including Vietnam and the Gulf War. Professional treatment, help from personal support networks, exercise and community involvement are tactics the VA recommends to manage symptoms that can persist for decades. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Army working to enhance mental health services:   The Army is working to include resilience initiatives in soldiers' daily training and promote earlier interventions in a bid to cut down on depression and PTSD. Minnesota Public Radio/The Associated Press (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Army: Madigan PTSD screening not used elsewhere
    Army investigators have concluded that the Madigan Army Medical Center program for PTSD diagnoses that included the use of forensic psychiatrists was not used at other military facilities. More than 300 patients saw their PTSD diagnoses overturned by forensic psychiatrists at the center, but the Army re-evaluated those patients after the problems came to light, and PTSD diagnoses were reinstated in many of them. The Seattle Times (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Veterans Health Administration 
  • VA should get $4.8B more funding in 2014, veterans groups say
    The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America and AmVets are calling for an additional $4.8 billion to be added to the fiscal 2014 budget for health care, benefits administration and medical research at the VA, among other projects. The groups submitted their Independent Budget, which has the backing of 45 military, veterans and philanthropic groups, to Congress and the president this week. Army Times (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • House subcommittee probes VA overpayments to disabled veterans
    A House Veterans' Affairs Committee subpanel is investigating possible overpayments to disabled veterans worth as much as $1.1 billion. VA auditors said 27,500 veterans were awarded 100% disabled benefits temporarily but were not subsequently re-evaluated to determine ongoing eligibility. Army Times (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • GE, NFL partner to develop imaging systems to ID head trauma
    The National Football League has entered a four-year, $50 million partnership with General Electric for the creation of imaging technology that would improve diagnosis of concussions. The initiative also aims to promote better protection of the brain for players, and the efforts could result in new technologies within a few years. The first part of the project will devote $30 million over four years to the development of imaging systems to identify head trauma. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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