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.