This edited volume surveys critical aspects of modern military health care in the US and various other Western countries with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In the United States, the military medical system, including care for veterans, is large and diverse and involves two institutions, the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA). Studying the system gives practitioners and policy-makers an understanding of the larger picture of the military medical structure, facilitating thought about some of the difficulties and opportunities for coordinating treatments and preparing for the future.
This book covers health care issues prior to deployment, such as screening for mental health, evaluating long-term consequences of exposure to military service, and provision of insurance; care during a conflict, primarily battlefield clinics, battlefield trauma care, and evacuation procedures; and post- combat care, including serious war injuries, psychiatric, and long-term care. Bringing together research from a wide range of contributors, the volume provides readers with an extensive, up-to-date source of information on military medicine.
This book will be of great interest to students of public health, military sociology, the Iraq war, US public policy, and war and conflict studies in general.
Section I: Overview 1. Survey of Military Medical Care from Pre-Deployment to Post-Separation, Jomana Amara and Ann Hendricks 2. OEF/OIF Demographics Compared to Previous Cohorts: Implications for Medical Care, Ann Hendricks and Jomana Amara 3. Health Care and Insurance for U.S. Military Service Members: Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, Veterans, and Retired, Elizabeth Bass, Heidi Golding, and Allison Percy Section II: Pre-Deployment 4. Pre-Deployment Medical Policy Development: Perspectives from the Experience of U. S. Central Command, Theodore R Brown 5. The Millennium Cohort Study: Answering Long-Term Health Concerns of US Military Service Members by Integrating Longitudinal Survey Data with Military Health System Records, Nancy F. Crum-Cianflone 6. Screening for Mental Illness in the Armed Forces, Roberto J. Rona and Simon Wessely 7. Ongoing Efforts to Address the Public Health Problem of Military Suicide within the United States Department of Defense, Robert Ireland, Marjan Ghahramanlou-Holloway, and David G. Brown Section III: Deployment 8. Far Forward Medical Care for U.S. Service Members, Bryan Fisk 9 Evolution in Optimal Use of Navy Hospital Ships, Natalie Webb and Anke Richter Section IV: Post-Deployment 10. The History and Evolution of Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation in Military Service Members and Veterans in the United States, David X. Cifu, Jay P. Granier, Jamie Grimes, Tammy Crowder, Ajit B Pai, and Henry L. Lew 11. Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury: DoD’s Response to Psychological Health (PH) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Christopher Robinson, Katherine Helmick, Jason Guthrie 12. Veterans Affairs Response to Risk of Suicide for Veterans, Tim A. Bullman , Han K. Kang 13. An Overview of Toxicant Exposures in Veteran Cohorts from Vietnam to Iraq, Kimberly Sullivan, Maxine Krengel, Patricia Janulewicz Lloyd, and Jonviea Chamberlain 14. VHA Health Care in Response to a New Generation of Female Veterans, Rachel Kimerling, Sally Haskell, Shira Maguen, Kristin Mattocks, Stacey Garrett-Ray, Laure Veet, and Susan McCutcheon 15. Health, Aging, and the Post-Service Life Cycles of US Veterans, Alair MacLean and Ryan Edwards 16. Veteran Care at the End of Life: Their Last Battle, Deborah L. Grassman and Scott T. Shreve