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Friday, December 19, 2008

Halting a VA Medical Facility Closing, Fort Stewart's New PTSD/TBI Clinics Break Ground, Dr. Phil Combats War PTSD, New OH Vets Memorial Bridge

A few quick stops:

  • Will the upcoming change in VA leadership result in fewer facility closures? Congressman Jerry McNerney [D-CA] hopes so. In a letter to President-elect Barack Obama's VA secretary nominee, Gen. Eric Shinseki, McNerney (who serves on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs) has asked that Livermore VA medical facilities not only remain opened but be expanded to include a PTSD and major depression treatment center.

  • Great news coming out of the home of the 3rd Infantry Division today as "medical officials at Fort Stewart’s Winn Army Community Hospital will take part in a ground-breaking ceremony for two clinics dedicated to the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries."

  • The issue of combat PTSD reaches a national audience today on Dr. Phil. "Beyond the Front Lines" features the stories and far-too-often struggles of some of our returning troops. [UPDATE Dec 20, 2008]: Larry Scott of VA Watchdog has uploaded the full program on YouTube, which I've added in extended below.

  • In Ohio, following years of effort by veterans Tom Shugerts and Paul Nelson, 2009 will usher in the newly-designated Ohio Veterans Memorial Bridge. The pair's idea inspired the bill now expected to be signed into law by by Gov. Ted Strickland.
More news over at Jon Steinman's greatly-recommended daily Veterans for America News Analysis column. Bookmark it!


In educational interest, article(s) quoted from extensively.

Dr. Phil - Beyond the Front Lines, Part 1


Dr. Phil - Beyond the Front Lines, Part 2


Dr. Phil - Beyond the Front Lines, Part 3


Dr. Phil - Beyond the Front Lines, Part 4


Dr. Phil - Beyond the Front Lines, Part 5


Dr. Phil - Beyond the Front Lines, Part 6

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