Defense Health: Coordinating Authority Needed for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Activities
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD, which falls into the broader field of psychological health PH, and traumatic brain injury TBI are recognized as the signature wounds of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In two reports issued in 2011 GAO-11-219 and GAO-11-611, GAO cited numerous management weaknesses at the Defense Center of Excellence for PH and TBI DCOE. For the present report, GAO reviewed 1 funding for DODs PH and TBI activities in fiscal years 2007 through 2010 and the accuracy of its reporting on these activities to Congress and 2 DODs ability to coordinate its PH and TBI activities to help ensure that funds are used to support programs of the most benefit to servicemembers. GAO interviewed DOD officials, reviewed legislation and DOD s annual reports, and obtained relevant documentation.
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