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Week of 1.22.10

Who is Helping Our Wounded Vets?

1 in 5 American soldiers returning from Aphganistan, have some type of traumatic brain injury

 

  1. Family members are affected by the need for sometimes, around the clock care for their loved ones. Legislation is pending over the support for a family member to be paid for  caring for a soldier who has returned from Aphganistan with traumatic brain injury at home. The story reflects a troubling result of the residuals of traumatic brain injury on young men, as well as their wives , children and extended families.
  2. The care is often 24 hours around the clock, with no financial support from the government to cover such care. The story is focused on two wives of soldiers who returned from Aphganistan after experiencing traumatic brain injury. Both wives of these soldiers report the terrifying feeling of being the sole provider of care for their husbands. An additional story tells of a wife and mother who, with her husband’s family, has taken on the care of her husband. The family sold their home, and now share a living space with the daughter-in-law and grandson, because of their diminishing financial situation resulting from the support for their Son.

              The story is compelling and frightening from the perspective that we, as a country, would allow the care of  veterans to fall on the shoulders of family members.

  3.         Both wives of these soldiers report the terrifying feeling of being the sole provider of care for their husbands. An additional story tells of a wife and mother who, along with her husband’s family, has taken on the care of her husband by providing the care that is needed 24 hours a day.  The family sold their home, and now share a living space with the daughter-in-law and grandson, because of their diminishing financial situation resulting from the support for their Son.

How can an Arts in Medicine initiative  respond to the families of American soldiers who have suffered  traumatic brain injury? How can arts in medicine programs address the support of family care-givers, and provide art processes that offer meaningful communication between families, care-givers and the patients  with traumatic brain injury who have returned from Aphganistan?

PTSD story from the Virginian Pilot

 

 

“Create a site profile.” HamptonRoads.com: Entertainment and Guides for Hampton Roads, Va.. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2014. <http://hamptonroads.com/user/register?destination=comment/reply/704328>.  News relevant to Veterans of Aphganistan and traumatic brain injury.

http://iava.org/blog/iava-daily-news-brief-january-27-2014-0