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PTSD Awareness Day

As Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day approaches on June 27th, policymakers continue to look for ways to best help our nation's servicemembers and veterans with PTSD and other combat related mental health problems.

RAND research has documented the prevalence of post-deployment mental health problems among our newest generation of veterans, examined the delivery of post-deployment mental health care, reviewed the treatment capacity of health care systems in response to PTSD, and estimated the costs of providing quality mental health care to all affected veterans.

Recent RAND reports, commentary, and multimedia exploring issues related to PTSD among veterans include:

Reports

Programs Addressing Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Among U.S. Military Servicemembers and Their Families
Despite the recent drawdown in Iraq, the high operational tempo of the past decade that has included longer and more-frequent deployments has resulted in significant mental health problems among some service members. More than 200 programs are available to help treat psychological health and traumatic brain injury issues, but better coordination of those efforts is needed.
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Promoting Psychological Resilience in the U.S. Military
Many programs are available to encourage and support psychological resilience among service members and families but little is known about their effectiveness. A focused literature review identifies evidence-informed factors for promoting psychological resilience and a basis for evaluating military resilience programs.
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Veterans Health Administration Mental Health Program Evaluation
The quality of mental health care delivered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is generally as good or better than care delivered by private health plans, although it falls short of the high standards set in VA guidelines.
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A Needs Assessment of New York State Veterans
Researchers report results of a study of the needs of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans residing in New York state, the existing services available to meet those needs, and the experiences of veterans who have tried to use these services.
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Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery
A comprehensive study of the post-deployment health-related needs associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, and traumatic brain injury among servicemembers returning from Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
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Commentary

Bridging the Gaps in Treating Veterans with Post-Deployment Mental Health Problems
Delivery of evidence-based care to all veterans with PTSD or depression would pay for itself--or even save money--within two years by improving productivity and reducing medical and mortality costs, writes Terri Tanielian.
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Honor Military Suicide Victims by Preventing More Deaths
Not only would the delivery of quality behavioral care prevent suicides, but it would also aid in the recovery of the nearly 20 percent of service members with post-traumatic stress disorder or depression, writes Rajeev Ramchand.
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War's Invisible Wounds: Our Veterans Are Not Getting the Care They Need, Deserve
Nearly 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan service veterans who have returned home--about one in five--may suffer from combat-stress-related mental health problems. Our veterans ought to get the best available treatments our nation can offer, but they don't, write authors Terry Schell, Terri Tanielian and Lisa Jaycox.
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Multimedia

The New Generation of Veterans
At this November 2011 Policy Forum, Jonathan Schleifer, policy director for Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America, joined RAND's Terry Schell for a discussion about the challenges faced by and experiences of recent combat veterans.
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The War Within: Preventing Suicide in the U.S. Military
In this May 2011 Congressional Briefing, behavioral scientist Rajeev Ramchand presents RAND research and analysis on recent increases in suicides and recommendations to prevent future suicides among members of the U.S. military.
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Invisible Wounds Conference Call with Media
RAND experts field questions from the media on the report Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery.
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If you are interested in receiving hard copies of any of the reports or want to discuss the reports or commentary with RAND researchers, please don't hesitate to contact me at Jill_Brimmer@rand.org, (703) 413-1100 ext. 5299.

Sincerely,

Jill

Jill Brimmer
Legislative Analyst
RAND Corporation
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