March 2011

The power to give

“It is certainly more agreeable to have power to give than to receive.” —Winston Churchill (1874-1965) I am writing this from the family member waiting room of a large American hospital as one of my daughters undergoes major back surgery.… Read More

Administration Report Outlines Efforts to Help Families Deal with Stress of War

WASHINGTON, DC—The White House recently introduced a government-wide effort to support military families outlined in its report, Strengthening Our Military Families. The report acknowledged that military families are not immune to the stresses of deployment and pointed out that the… Read More

List of Goals Guiding VA, DoD in Integrating Mental Health Care

WASHINGTON, DC—VHA and DoD have already recognized that they serve the same patients, just at different times during their lives. But it is only during the last few years that the two departments have thought of themselves as a true… Read More

Republican-Led VA Committee Sets Oversight Agenda

WASHINGTON, DC—At the top of the agenda for the 112th Congress’s House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC ) is stricter oversight of VA, something that the new Republican leader of the committee believes has been allowed to lapse. “It will be… Read More

Residential Treatment Program Offers Hope for PTSD Patients

WASHINGTON, DC—Active duty servicemembers with combat-related PTSD who have not experienced improvements in their condition in outpatient care have a new option for treatment. Overcoming Adversity and Stress Injury Support (OASIS) is the Navy’s first residential program for servicemembers with… Read More

DoD Budget Proposal Addresses Growing Health Care Costs

WASHINGTON, DC—The president proposed a $672 billion budget for DoD for FY2012 that includes a base budget of $553 billion and $117.8 billion to support overseas contingency operations, primarily in Afghanistan and Iraq. The budget includes $52.5 billion for the… Read More

Military Leaders Emphasize Need to Build Resilience in Troops and Families

WASHINGTON, DC—Building resilience in servicemembers must start when they enter basic training and must include their families, said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm Michael Mullen. Mullen spoke at the annual Warrior Resilience Conference held by the… Read More

CDC Reports Asthma Prevalence Remains at Historic High

WASHINGTON, DC—Although an increase in the prevalence of asthma has slowed since the mid-1990s, it still remains at historically high levels, a CDC report released this year found. In 2009, nearly 8.2% of Americans surveyed had asthma, an increase of… Read More

VA Perfecting Disease Management System for COPD

MINNEAPOLIS, MN—The difficulty with treating COPD—as with any chronic disease—is that much of the care must be placed in the hands of the patient. The patient needs to be properly educated about their illness, not just about the pathophysiology, but… Read More

Military Tackles COPD Care

WASHINGTON, DC—In 2005, CDC estimates COPD caused an estimated 126,005 deaths in people 25 years and older in the US. This was an 8% increase from 116,494 in the year 2000. Just as COPD is a concern in the civilian… Read More