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Serving with my heart, pen and voice,

I dedicate this web site to

the soldiers and veterans of the United States of America

My family has been directly impacted by combat-related PTSD, and too many of my veteran friends suffer from it.  And judging from an April 2008 report issued from RAND Corporation (a nonprofit research organization), a great many more families and friends will be impacted by combat-related PTSD.  The report confirmed, “one in five Iraq and Afghanistan veterans currently suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) or major depression.”  According to Terri Tanielian, the project’s co-leader and a researcher, “There is a major health crisis facing those men and women who have served our nation in Iraq and Afghanistan.”  RAND further said, “Unless they receive appropriate and effective care for these mental health conditions, there will be long-term consequences for them and for the nation.”

A 2007 white paper by Dr. Richard McCormick presented to Stand Up For Veterans, an advocacy campaign of the Disabled American Veterans, repeated this concern.  In studying psychological problems of veterans, Dr. McCormick stated, “These psychological…problems that threaten the well being of reservist/veterans and their families are NOW, and growing.  Immediate action is critical.”

Harsh challenges for veterans are yet to come, especially under the next president.  An April 2007 article in Congressional Quarterly quoted projections by Linda Bilmes, an expert in veterans’ policy at Harvard University, estimating that the cost for treating Iraq and Afghanistan veterans seeking medical care from the Department of Veterans Affairs will triple to almost $3 billion in 2010, to exceed more than twice that amount during the following four years.

Clearly, veterans are in serious need of an administration that will prioritize the costs of their ongoing health care needs.