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  • COMING HOME: The Future of OIF and OEF Veterans Andrea Schmidt, LMSW Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging & Longevity of Hunter College
  • Current Estimates
    • 1/3 PTSD
    • 2/3 TBI
      • 70% Mild
      • 30% Severe
    • Polytrauma
  • Blast Injuries
    • RPG
    • IED
    • Land mines
  • Blast Categories
    • Primary
    • Secondary
    • Tertiary
    • Quaternary/Miscellaneous
  • Protection
    • Body Armor
      • Friend or Foe?
  • PTSD & TBI
    • 19% (320,000) service members reported that they experienced a TBI
    • 7% reported having both PTSD & TBI
  • Similar BUT Different
    • TBI & PTSD both have the following symptoms:
      • Isolation
      • Poor concentration
      • Memory loss
      • Depression
      • Insomnia
      • Headaches
      • Flashbacks
  • Emotional
    • Anxious
    • Agitated
    • Hypervigilant
    • Irritable
  • TBI also has…
    • Cognitive delays:
      • Increased processing time
      • Problems with abstract thinking
      • Muscle fatigue
      • Loss of coordination/gait/balance
      • Speech, hearing and vision impairment
      • Lack of concentration
      • Keeping a conversation flowing
      • Uncontrolled mood changes
      • Inability to self sensor
      • Insomnia
  • Roadblocks
    • Military culture
    • Career reprisals
    • Support of military leaders
    • Stigma
    • Oustide of the VA
  • Family Structure
    • National Guard & Reservists
    • Support- Location
    • Children
    • Divorce
    • Age
  • Caregiver
    • Increase stress in family can trigger PTSD
    • Secondary trauma
    • High emotion no improvement
    • Hurt by behaviors do not provide support
    • Burden increases
  • Family Strain
    • Shortened leaves
      • Stop loss
    • Lack of community & public support
    • Media
  • Caring for the Caregiver
    • Prevention
    • Family Treatment
    • Interventions
  • TBI/Cognition
    • PDA’s & Smart Phones
    • FM Systems
    • Nintendo DS
    • Bluetooth
    • Creative Writing
    • Toastmasters
  • TBI/Physical
    • Boxing
    • Wrestling
    • Agility drills
    • Obstacle Courses
    • Pain Management
  • Before & After
    • Education
      • Pre & Post Deployment
    • PTSD & TBI Screening
    • Debriefing
    • Benefits
    • Vet Centers
    • For those of us who have tasted it, the experience of combat is unlike anything we knew before or we will experience again. And it’s not simply the fighting, the fear, sweat, blood, smells, noise, exhaustion, strain and pain; it’s also the everyday living.
    • It was hard. Very hard.
    • So was the transition home.
    • -Douglas A. Etter, CH (LTC) 28 ID “Panther 39”