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Daily News Brief 05.17.12
Posted by Jacob Worrell on May 17

Here are some of today's top stories and happenings at IAVA.  Prefer to receive real-time updates about major stories and legislation that IAVA is tracking? Follow us on Twitter @IAVAPressRoom and click here to get the News Brief delivered to your inbox every morning.


1) IAVA testifies on President's Executive Order, new GI Bill and deceptive marketing tactics

On Wednesday, IAVA Deputy Policy Director Tom Tarantino testified before a subcommittee about the challenges new veterans face when identifying which school to attend on new GI Bill. The President's Executive Order helps new veterans identify which schools are veteran-friendly, but more work needs to be done. Read a transcript of Tom's testimony.


2) Study: War vets', athletes' brain injuries similar

New research suggests that traumatic brain injuries triggered by bomb blasts may have more in common with the head injuries of athletes than previously thought. Over 200,000 U.S. service members have been diagnosed with a brain injury in the last ten years. IAVA Membership Coordinator Nick Colgin discusses how his TBI has impacted his transition to civilian life.


3) Army probing PTSD diagnoses

On Wednesday, the Army launched a review of how it diagnoses and treats service members with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health evaluations at all facilities since 2001. The review was ordered after revelations that veterans at Madigan Army Center in Washington state had their PTSD status reversed because of the cost of their treatments. So far, 100 of the 400 cases of PTSD at Madigan Army Center have had their diagnoses restored.







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