Medical School Initiative to Focus on Veterans’ Disabilities

Posted on Feb 06, 2012
There is good news this week for disabled veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: more than 100 medical schools and osteopathic medical schools have announced a new initiative that will increase their overall focus on common combat-related ailments.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden were present for the announcement at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, a school that has taken the lead on traumatic brain injury (TBI) research in recent years. At the event, which was attended by officials from the nearby Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center Veterans Affairs Hospital, Obama shared shocking numbers: as many as one in six veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and tens of thousands have returned home with a brain injury.

Now, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Association of Osteopathic Medicine are teaming together to make sure that future medical students know more about these two common war-related health issues so that our disabled veterans receive the best care possible after their return home. The initiative solidifies the two associations’ commitment to researching both PTSD and TBI, as well as a new commitment to stressing the issue about the two disabilities in schools.

Obama closed by reiterating that the nation has a responsibility to care for the returning veterans and their families – and that by studying and researching PTSD and TBI, medical students can do their part.

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