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Philpott (Education Facility Security Handbook; ed., Homeland Defense Journal) and Hill, president of a consulting provider and a U.S. Marine Corps volunteer, offer straightforward answers to questions commonly asked by wounded U.S. military veterans and their family members as they struggle with the complexities of receiving their needed care. As the authors reveal, over 25,000 service members have sustained injury in the war in Iraq, and approximately half of these injuries have been serious enough to require medical evacuation back to the United States. Well organized, comprehensive, and relatively easy to follow, the material covers, e.g., obtaining medical treatment and post-treatment rehabilitation, setting up mental-health counseling, family support, and the difficult transition from wounded soldier to citizen veteran. The authors also explain filing for support from agencies like the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Department of Defense. The extensive listing of web sites and other contact information for veteran support agencies is alone worth the price of this valuable resource. Essential for all helping professionals who work with veterans and their family members, this belongs in all VA hospitals and clinics. Highly recommended for university libraries supporting the helping professions and larger public libraries.
Foreword Barry McCaffrey McCaffrey, Barry
Ch. 1 Introduction: Pre-Battlefield Injury to Recovery 1
Ch. 2 Medical Issues: Things to Know 7
Ch. 3 From the First Day 41
Ch. 4 Support 83
Ch. 5 Recovery and Transition 91
Ch. 6 Benefits, Taxes, and Legal Issues 151
Ch. 7 The DoD and the VA 177
Ch. 8 Success Stories 207
Ch. 9 Handling Bereavement 223
Ch. 10 Resources 243
Posted January 18, 2011
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