Dr. Stuart Hoffman: November 10, 2016

Veterans Day Reminds All to Thank Veterans for Their Service and Honor

VA Continues to Find Solutions to PTSD and TBI for Veterans

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Dr. Stuart Hoffman

Scientific Program Manager for the VA Research Brain Injury Portfoli

With Veterans Day fast approaching on November 11th, it is an important opportunity to thank our Veterans for their service and honor. The observance of this day is also important in raising awareness about post-deployment health conditions in Veterans, such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as the continued emphasis on research and the resources available for the care and support of our Veterans.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that as many as 20 percent of Veterans who served in support of the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have been affected by a TBI. In 2014, researchers from The Marine Resiliency Study, involving approximately 2,600 Marines in four battalions deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, learned that traumatic brain injury during a deployment is by far the strongest predictor of post-deployment PTSD symptoms in service members and Veterans. For 91 years, VA research has been improving the lives of Veterans and all Americans through health care discovery and innovation. VA strives to address the needs of the entire Veteran population and seeks to create awareness about the tools and resources available to support Veterans. VA’s PTSD research program has developed gold standard approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

In recognition of Veterans Day, Dr. Stuart Hoffman, Scientific Program Manager for the VA Research Brain Injury Portfolio, is available for LIVE interviews on Thursday, November 10, to express their gratitude to Veterans for their service and to discuss how VA research is making a difference for Veterans.

Morw about Dr. Stuart Hoffman:

Stuart W. Hoffman, Ph.D., has oversight for two VA TBI Research Centers and is the Co-chair of the Government Steering Committee for the VA/DoD Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium, as well as a the VA TBI subject matter expert for the National Research Action Plan for Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families. Dr. Hoffman also serves on several intra- and interagency advisory committees for VA and DoD, including the Congressionally-mandated Traumatic Brain injury Advisory Committee for the Veterans Health Administration. In addition, Dr. Hoffman is the VA representative on the The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders.

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