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  • LA Veterans Housing Plan Unveiled

    Type of content: News

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released a draft plan Thursday for revamping the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center that calls for 1,200 housing units for homeless veterans.
    The plan also calls for health care, housing, education and other services and amenities to be located at the campus for veterans who are not homeless.

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  • UCLA to provide major new programs and services to veterans

    Type of content: News

    UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald today announced a stronger academic affiliation to benefit our nation’s veterans as UCLA committed to providing $1.15 million annually in support of new programs and services, approximately $200,000 of in-kind contributions and $300,000 a year in fair-market rent for the continued use of Jackie Robinson Stadium. New and expanded services will include mental health, family support, legal advocacy and recreation services.

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  • Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan Show Brain Changes Related to Explosion Exposure

    Type of content: News

    More than two million Americans have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Of those that return, thousands carry invisible trauma that impact their daily lives. The effects of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) from explosive blasts are especially commonplace for these veterans, afflicting hundreds of thousands of service members.

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  • It's Not Just Big Blasts Damaging Veterans' Brains

    Type of content: News

    William Kerby was exposed to repeated blasts when he was deployed to Iraq as a Marine infantryman.

    “For instance, we were setting off a charge on a door or a gate to blow it open, and there’s nowhere really to go, so you basically turn away from it within a few feet,” Kerby said. “You can feel that kind of concussion, that shockwave, as it goes through your body.”

    Kerby was part of a study by Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System and UW Medicine examining the effects of repeated explosions on veterans with mild traumatic brain injury.

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  • VA failed to spend $1.9 billion designated for health care, report finds

    Type of content: News

    An audit of the Veterans Health Administration’s private health care program books finds the department failed to spend $1.9 billion – or 40 percent – of the $4.8 billion designated for non-VA care in fiscal 2013.

    Also, from Oct. 1, 2013, through March 31, 2015, medical center administrators overestimated the funds they needed to pay for outside care for veterans by $543 million, leaving that amount unavailable for patient care, according to a new Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General report.

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  • More Than Half of Combat Vets Have Scarred Brains

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    MRIs of U.S. military personnel who have seen combat reveal a high incidence of brain damage, but the technology is too costly to scan all veterans.

    Soldiers who have seen combat overseas often come back with the invisible wounds of war, including psychological and physical damage to their brains.

    In the past 15 years, more than 300,000 members of the U.S. armed forces have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center.

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  • Combat-related lung diseases lack diagnosis guidelines, researchers say

    Type of content: News

    Evidence is mounting that veterans are suffering from pulmonary disorders related to deployment to the Middle East, but little is being done to diagnose and treat these illnesses, say researchers who are proposing new guidance for treating affected troops.

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  • Penis Transplants Being Planned to Help Wounded Troops

    Type of content: News

    Within a year, maybe in just a few months, a young soldier with a horrific injury from a bomb blast in Afghanistan will have an operation that has never been performed in the United States: a penis transplant.

    The organ will come from a deceased donor, and the surgeons, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, say they expect it to start working in a matter of months, developing urinary function, sensation and, eventually, the ability to have sex.

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  • Veterans in Utah Among 1st to Get First Prosthetic Implants

    Type of content: News

    Two military veterans will undergo surgery in Salt Lake City that will make them among the first in the U.S. to have a surgically implanted prosthetic.

    Doctors say Bryant Jacobs and Ed Salau, who both have lost a leg, are scheduled on Monday to receive a percutaneous osseointegrated prosthesis, or POP. "I'm more than happy to be the guinea pig," Jacobs told the Deseret News.

    The prosthetic will be implanted into a residual limb.

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  • Bush to hold brain injury forum prior to Invictus Games

    Type of content: News

    Former President George W. Bush will host a symposium on traumatic brain injury and combat-related mental health conditions just before the Invictus Games sports competition scheduled for May in Orlando, Florida.

    Bush, who has spent much of his post-presidency work supporting injured veterans and their caregivers, announced Thursday that the George W. Bush Institute will team with Invictus Games chairman Ken Fisher to hold a policy forum focusing on brain injury and combat-related mental health conditions, with an emphasis on the role of sports and activity in recovery.

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