202268 Healthcare for Active Duty Persons and Veterans

Monday, November 9, 2009: 1:24 PM

Ann Hirschman, RN-C, FNP , University Behavioral Health Care, Piscataway, NJ
The current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan continue. Current and recent policies regarding status of people serving and returned from these conflicts is perceived as hampering care in several ways. People with PTSD and other psychological effects are one group with difficulties ranging from limited availability of care to stigma if care is requested. The fact that suicides are now outnumbering combat deaths (in January 2009) is a red flag. Problems with care for physical effedcts from brain injuries to lost limbs and paralysis will also be reviewed. Possible areas for activism, policy change and other means toward solving these problems will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
Identify and demonstrate the perceptions and actual quality and availability of care for veterans and active duty military persons.

Keywords: Veterans' Health, Accountability

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been active in the field of veterans health and peace activism for over 42 years and have presented at APHA in the past
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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