Invisible Wounds of War: Recommendations for Addressing Psychological and Cognitive Injuries
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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My testimony will briefly discuss several recommendations for addressing the psychological and cognitive injuries among servicemembers returning from deployments to Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Jaycox shared with you our findings about the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, as well as the incidence of traumatic brain injury among servicemembers returning from Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom the costs to society associated with these conditions and of providing care to those afflicted with these conditions, and the gaps in the care systems designed to treat these conditions among our nations servicemembers and veterans. Together, Dr. Jaycox and I co-directed more than 30 researchers at RAND in the completion of this study and our testimony is drawn from the same body of work. The purpose of these recommendations is to close the gaps in access and quality for our nations veterans that Dr. Jaycox briefly described in her testimony.
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