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PTSD treatment for vets shines light in dark corners

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Los Altos Town Crier

Although veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress in different degrees, Matthews said the system of veteran care has improved significantly in the past two to three years with the addition of new programs. [...]

In 2008, Los Altos Hills resident Dr. Jerome Blum won state Sen. Joe Simitian’s annual “There Oughta Be a Law” contest, by submitting “Helping California Veterans Get the Help They Need.” The suggestion, drafted as SB 1401, became legislation that created outreach programs for veterans to learn about and seek treatment for traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. The measure, which passed 38-0 in the state senate, ensures that soldiers returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are aware of the causes, symptoms, impacts and treatment options for such injuries.

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