Today, UCLA Operation Mend launched a mental health care program targeted at veterans who are suffering form traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As part of the Program, veterans and their families will now have access to treatment by UCLA’s team of world-class experts in neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, and integrative medicine.
There will be a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event at the UCLA Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a life-threatening events, which are common in military combat. PTSD can develop in people who have experienced or dangerous events. The effects of PTSD remain long after the event itself, causing the victim to feel stressed or frightened. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be caused by an object striking the head or entering the brain tissue by piercing the skull. Veterans of the United States’ military have, and continue to, experience an alarmingly high rate of both PTSD and TBI. The new UCLA program is welcome news to these veterans and their families.
“The percentage of those returning home from post-9/11 conflicts with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress is staggering,” said retired Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, an executive advisor to the Ronald A. Katz Center for Collaborative Military Medicine at UCLA and the former vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army. “The addition of this program to the Operation Mend portfolio makes UCLA the civilian leader in providing needed care to post-9/11 veterans. If every institution were doing the same, we could satisfy the unmet needs of veterans and their families for this critical care.”
Source: UCLA Newsroom