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News: 2012-04-30 Military Service Members Joining Forces

ANA Supports Joining Forces

Joining Forces is a comprehensive national campaign launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they deserve. Joining Forces is calling on all health professionals to be aware of the specific health issues facing service members, veterans, and their families. With the end of the war in Iraq and the drawdown in Afghanistan, over one million service members are projected to leave the military in the next five years. Some will return amputees, and some will quietly suffer with the “invisible wounds of war”, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), depression, and other challenges. Our nation’s nurses must be prepared to care for this distinct patient population.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is JOINING FORCES For Veterans, Military Service Members, and Their Families

ANA and the experts in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have committed to “touch every nurse” in the country to raise awareness of post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Other partnering organizations include the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Organization of Nurse Executives, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, and Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, the National League for Nursing, and the federal nurses of the military and public health services, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.


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