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Study Recommendations on Veterans’ Care

A panel coordinated by the Institute of Medicine, part of an independent organization chartered by Congress, recently released recommendations related to caring for the needs of military members, Veterans and their families.  The panel recommended that the VA begin planning now for the needs of an estimated 1.9 million Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  Their report noted that an estimated 10-20 percent of Veterans returning from these wars have a traumatic brain injury, often caused by roadside bombs.  The report estimated that number of disability claims from recent Veterans should peak around 2040.  The report indicated that the VA and Defense Department should better coordinate services available to Veterans and urged both to hire more mental health professionals.  For more information see:  www.baltimoresun.com/news/sns-ap-us-caring-for-veterans,0,7747355.story and www.militarytimes.com/news/2010/03/ap_longtermplanning_033110/.

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