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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
3308.0: Monday, December 12, 2005 - 2:30 PM

Abstract #120621

Costs of War, Part II: Generating Dialogue and Promoting Community Response

Anne L. Roesler, MPH, CHES, Department of Health Science, San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192, 408 868-9235, aroesler@pacbell.net

While recognizing that the war in Iraq has had, and will continue to have, significant detrimental effects on the health and welfare of Iraqis, this session (the second of two on this topic) will focus specifically on the effects of military training and the war on U. S. soldiers, their families and other loved ones, and the communities in which they live. The session will include a diverse panel of military family members and returned Iraq War veterans and seek to answer the following questions: What are the consequences- both at home and abroad - of the training U.S. soldiers receive? What are the short and long term effects of the actions taken by U.S. soldiers during war on their mental health? What are the repercussions of these effects on the loved ones of affected soldiers? For the communities in which they live and work? For U.S. society as a whole? This session will build upon the first, extending the problem-posing dialogue begun in the first session into identifying next steps and actions participants might engage in within their local communities. This would include brainstorming available resources, barriers, and needs and a discussion about building regional collaborative efforts.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to

Keywords: War, Community

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

I wish to disclose that I have NO financial interests or other relationship with the manufactures of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services or commercial supporters.

The Costs of War, Part II: Generating Dialogue and Promoting Community Response

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