Globe Talks: Healing the invisible wounds of war
Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 6:30 PM (EDT)
Globe Talks: Healing the Invisible Wounds of War
THURSDAY, JUNE 19th, 2014
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Columbia Point, Boston
What can our community do to help heal the invisible wounds of war among returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families? Less than 1% of Americans have served in these wars. One in three veterans return home with post traumatic stress, depression or traumatic brain injury. Other invisible wounds include substance abuse, family relationship challenges, stress. The gap in understanding between civilian and military gets wider every day. As our veterans return from these long wars, what can we do to promote understanding, support, and health among the men and women who have served and their families who have sacrificed for our country.
Panel of veterans and doctors from the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.
Moderated by the Boston Globe’s Kevin Cullen, himself a military family member
Home Base Clinical Director. What are the signature “invisible wounds” of war and how do they affect our veterans. Recognizing the signs of Post Traumatic Stress and how evidence-based treatment helps veterans recover. Understanding more about the increase in suicide among active duty military.
Home Base Family Program Director. When one family member serves, the entire family serves. Military families have experienced enormous relationship stresses during the past 12 years of war as men and women have deployed to war zones repeatedly. How can pediatricians, primary care providers and schools support and build resilience among 13,000 military-connected children in MA?
Home Base Associate Director of Outreach. A U.S. Marines Corps Veteran who served in Afghanistan, Furlong offers insight on why young men and women choose to serve in the military, how these wars are different, what coming home feels like, and how to address the stigma associated with getting help for invisible wounds of war.
Home Base Executive Director. After commanding troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, General Hammond provides perspective on the gap between the less than 1% of Americans who serve in the military and the 9% of Americans who do not. How do veteran-serving organizations like Home Base keep the public engaged after the wars are over, and what are the obstacles to more private sector health care for the invisible wounds of war, when only 50% of veterans seek care through the VA.
About Home Base: The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program is one of the only private sector clinics in the nation completely devoted to healing the invisible wounds of war in returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and military families. It is the first program of its kind in the nation, engaged in clinical care, community education and research to heal the invisible wounds of war.
Since the fall of 2009, when the Home Base Program began, 1000 veterans and military families have received clinical care and support , and the program has trained 11,000 clinicians nationwide to recognize and address the invisible wounds of war in their practices. For more, visit www.homebaseprogram.org
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