In short, veterans with PTSD and TBI are being failed by VA and DoD, which are providing palliative treatments to adjust symptoms but failing to address the underlying conditions. This is eerily similar to the experience of hundreds of thousands of Gulf War veterans with Gulf War Illness.
Led by pseudo-scientists like Dr. Kelley Brix, government offices including DoD's misnamed Force Health Protection unit and VA's Office of Public Health spin science to their own interests, as testimony by top VA researcher-turned-whistleblower Dr. Steve Coughlin showed at a March 13, 2013 Congressional hearing.
Instead of real treatment aimed at cures, hundreds of thousands of veterans of multiple wars suffer the lasting effects of their post-deployment health issues, with VA and DoD failure to develop real treatments for health conditions ranging from TBI to Gulf War Illness to burn pit exposure illnesses and more.
VA and DoD can and must do better. The Obama Administration must be directed by Congress to clean house of people in DoD's misnamed Force Health Protection unit and VA's Office of Public Health who are most interested in shaping "research" to deny there's anything wrong, or minimize the seriousness of the post-deployment health issues than to find treatment solutions.
Congress must defund these entities and help ensure these people never find positions of authority again.
And we as a nation must ensure that our warriors are much better taken care of when they come home, not met with brick walls and band-aids to merely mask the awful symptoms of untreated underlying conditions.
Full Legion report here: http://legion.org/documents/legion/pdf/american-legion-war-within.pdf
SOURCE: Washington Post (Sep. 12, 2013, Steve Vogel reporting)