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Announcing Establishment of the Office of Military and Veterans Health

On January 1, 2017, the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine established the Office of Military and Veterans Health. This office, which is under HMD’s Executive Office, will serve as a point of contact for anyone seeking information on HMD’s current or past work in military and veterans health or who has an inquiry about future work. It will build on our past studies and activities in this area, which were previously housed under the now-dissolved Board on the Health of Select Populations. It will also coordinate the efforts of our Medical Follow Up Agency, Air Force Health Study activities, and our Twins Registries. David Butler is the Director of and point of contact for this new office, and in his role he will collaborate with Julie Pavlin, Director of HMD’s Board on Global Health.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Announces Expanded Benefits for Traumatic Brain Injury

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced expanded benefits for traumatic brain injury (TBI) on December 16, 2013, adding five diagnosable illnesses as secondary to service-connected TBI: Parkinson’s disease, certain types of dementia, depression, unprovoked seizures, and certain diseases of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands.

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Evidence-Based Diagnostics and Therapies and Long-Term Forecasts of Needs Among Steps Necessary to Ease Iraq and Afghanistan Service Members' Readjustment to Post-Deployment Life
Released: 3/26/2013

To improve the ability of military service members and their families to readjust well to post-deployment life, the U.S. departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs should ensure that their systems have sufficient capacity to provide timely and adequate care to service members, veterans, and family members, and boost efforts to reduce the stigma associated with getting care for mental health and substance abuse problems, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. DOD and VA also should ensure that they are using diagnostic tools and therapies that are in line with the latest medical evidence. In addition, the departments should complete work as soon as possible on a combined, interoperable electronic health record that will help service members and veterans more easily navigate the services offered by each department and ease the transition from one to the other.

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No 'One Size Fits All' Approach to Vets' Chronic Multisymptom Illness; Treatment Should Be Tailored to Each Individual, Involve Team-Based Approaches
Released: 1/23/2013

There is no single therapy or universal treatment approach that will help all veterans experiencing chronic multisymptom illness (CMI), says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs should customize care with an array of therapies tailored to each former service member's needs, said the committee that wrote the report.

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Treating Veterans’ Chronic Multisymptom Illness: IOM Report Release Jan. 23
Released: 1/22/2013

Gulf War and Health Volume 9: Treatment for Chronic Multisymptom Illness, a new report from the Institute of Medicine, assesses the evidence about the effectiveness of potential therapies for veterans experiencing the diverse array of symptoms that characterize this condition, also known as Gulf War Syndrome. The report recommends the best approaches to managing veterans' care.

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Further Steps Needed to Reduce Stigma and Expand Access to Substance Abuse Screening and Care in Armed Forces
Released: 9/17/2012

Outdated approaches to preventing and treating substance abuse, barriers to care, and other problems hinder the U.S. Defense Department's ability to curb substance use disorders among military service members and their families, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. Service members' rising rate of prescription drug addiction and their difficulty in accessing adequate treatment for alcohol and drug-related disorders were among the concerns that prompted members of Congress to request this review.

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Military Substance Abuse Care – IOM Report Release Sept. 17
Released: 9/11/2012

Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces, a new report from the Institute of Medicine, provides an independent evaluation of how well the U.S. Department of Defense and the individual service branches are diagnosing, treating, and preventing alcohol and drug misuse and abuse among military service members.

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Defense Department, VA Should Improve Access to Care for Soldiers and Veterans With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Track Outcomes Better
Released: 7/13/2012

The U.S. departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs should ensure that service members and veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have timely access to evidence-based care, says a new congressionally mandated report from the Institute of Medicine.

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