• Tuesday, January 10, 2012RSS Feed

    APTA 'Joins Forces' to Support Service Members and Families

    Today, APTA attended the launch of a new Joining Forces initiative aimed at increasing the involvement of health care associations and the providers they represent in the identification of traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, and post-combat depression in military members. The initiative partners the health care community with federal agencies to develop resources and educational materials to fully engage providers in meeting the needs of the nation's service members with these conditions, and their families. APTA is 1 of only 2 therapy associations invited to participate in the initiative.

    At the launch, attendees heard briefs at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence from several directorates of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, a presentation on the journey of a wounded warrior from the battlefield to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and took a tour of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence. A session held at the White House continued with briefs from the Veterans Administration and a strategy session to forge a plan for the way ahead.  

    APTA also attended a preconference strategy session last night at the residence of the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral James Winnefeld.


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    How exciting to see all the new efforts for Veterans in our profession. Our PTA Program will be hosting our second annual Bluegrass Attack to help fund Transitional Housing for local veterans who are homeless. IBMA award winning Bluegrass Band Balsam Range will be the primary artist group on Feb. 25, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Broyhill Civic Cinter in Lenior, NC. We are working with our local Veteran's Advocacy Council and the VA Facility in Hickory, NC. This is our second annual Blue Grass Attack. Last year's funds went to our local hospital's effort to develope a Stroke Center. I know our roots in PT are in the military, but it's great to see as we complete one War, society is supporting our returning troops. I am married to a Vietnam Vet who did not see the same when he returned to the USA. Thank goodness times have changed. Martha Zimmerman, PT, MA PTA Program Director Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Hudson, NC
    Posted by Martha Zimmerman on 1/13/2012 11:30 AM
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