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In This Issue: June 20, 2012 Latest News

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Tester Bill Passed

Senate Bill Designates June 27 As National PTSD Awareness Day

On June 12, the Senate passed Sen. Jon Tester’s (D-MT) bipartisan resolution designating June 27 National Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day. Tester’s bill aims to raise public awareness of PTSD and to educate veterans and their families about the resources and treatments available. In 2011, the VA treated nearly half a million veterans for PTSD. “This country made a promise to help its veterans heal from the wounds of war–both seen and unseen,” said Tester. “As a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, it’s my job to make sure veterans and their families affected by PTSD get the care they earned. Raising public awareness goes a long way to accomplish that.”

Tester’s resolution also calls for a panel to review various VA and Defense Department treatment initiatives to ensure that veterans with PTSD are receiving needed care. He is a staunch advocate for improving mental health services for Montana’s veterans, bringing new VA facilities to Montana, tele-health services to more Montana communities, and travel reimbursement for disabled combat veterans who travel to Vet Centers.

Tester's bipartisan bill is available online HERE.

VVA Public Comment Letter

Final Public Comment Period for DSM-5 Draft Criteria Closed

The third and final opportunity to submit comments on the draft fifth edition of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM-5) closed on June 15.  Much has been made of the personal lobbying efforts of retired General Peter Chiarelli, former Army vice chief of staff, for the American Psychiatric Association to drop the word “disorder” from PTSD. 

See VVA’s letter to the chair of the APA’s DSM-5 task force regarding such efforts here.


Therapy News

What Are the Mental Health Challenges of Active-Duty
Vs. Reserve Personnel?

Dr. Marian E. Lane of the Substance Abuse, Epidemiology, and Military Behavioral Health Program at RTI International in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, led a study that examined data from more than 18,000 reservists and more than 16,000 active-duty military members to find out. What Dr. Lane found was that among non-deployed personnel, reservists had lower levels of stress, anxiety, and depression than their active-duty counterparts. However, rates of Post-traumatic Stress (PTSD) and suicidal ideation were significantly higher in the deployed reservists compared to deployed active-duty personnel.

For more information:

Suicide Prevention

Are Black Women Key to Easing Military Suicides?

Black women have the lowest rates of suicide in the country, and although it’s not completely understood why, Veterans Affairs officials hope to recreate elements of black female culture that may help stop military veterans from killing themselves. “Women--particularly black women - provide each other social support and encouragement categorized by the opportunity to speak honestly with their peers,” said Dr. Jan Kemp, Mental Health Director for Suicide Prevention at the VA.

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New Leadership at DPMO

Major General (Ret.) W. Montague Winfield Appointed To DPMO

On May 21, Major General (Ret) W. Montague Winfield was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs and Director of the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office. As DASD, he is responsible for developing policy and strategy for personnel recovery, personnel accounting, and DoD support to civil search and rescue. As the Director, he leads the national effort for the fullest possible accounting for American personnel missing as a result of hostile action.

Read Winfield's Bio here

POW/MIA Recognition Poster

Order your 2012 POW/MIA Poster Today.

The 2012 POW/MIA Recognition Day Poster was unveiled on June 14. Orders are now being taken. Order your free poster by filing the electronic form located at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/posters or by calling (703) 699-1131. Whether ordering by phone or by electronic form, please provide the following: your name; the number of posters you are requesting; your mailing address; and your phone number.

DoD SAPRO Director Announced

New Director of DoD Sexual Assault Prevention Office Announced

On June 14, the Department of Defense announced that Maj. Gen. Gary S. Patton will become the new director of the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) in July. The current director, Maj. Gen. Mary Kay Hertog, will retire in June after 34 years of service, two of which were spent overseeing the SAPRO Office. Patton has 33 years of service with multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he is currently the principal director of the Office of Military Personnel and Policy. Patton is well-known to many on Capitol Hill due to his leadership in successfully implementing the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and from his most recent combat service as Deputy Commanding General, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan.  Patton has also spoken publicly about accessing mental health services and care for his own experiences with combat-related PTSD.

On-Line Employment Search

On-line Jobs Fair

For military and spouses seeking employment: Apply, e-mail, or chat with companies nationwide from wherever you are. Recruiters will be available for live chats on June 26, 1 – 4 p.m. EDT. For more information: www.veteranscareerfair.com

Department of Defense Press Release

Airman Missing From Vietnam War Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Air Force Capt. Clyde W. Campbell, 24, of Longview, Texas, will be buried June 21, at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.  On March 1, 1969, Campbell was a pilot aboard an A-1J Skyraider aircraft that crashed while carrying out a close air-support mission in Houaphan Province, Laos. American forward air controllers, directing the mission nearby, reported hearing an explosion which they believed to be Campbell’s bombs and later learned Campbell’s aircraft had crashed. No parachutes were seen in the area.  

In 1997, a joint U.S./Lao People’s Democratic Republic (L.P.D.R.) team investigated a crash site in Houaphan Province, Laos, within 100 meters of the last-known location of Campbell. In addition to human remains, the team located aircraft wreckage and military equipment, which correlated with Campbell’s aircraft.

From 2009 to 2010, additional joint U.S./L.P.D.R. recovery teams investigated and excavated the crash site three times. Teams recovered additional human remains, military equipment—including an aircraft data plate—and a .38-caliber pistol matching the serial number issued to Campbell.

Scientists from the JPAC used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools in the identification of Campbell.  

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for missing Americans, call (703) 699-1420 or visit the DPMO Web site at www.dtic.mil/dpmo.


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