Our armed forces serve and protect us today. Our Veterans have served and protected us in the past. 

now it's our turn.

Members of the world’s armed forces deserve our respect, and the best care available. We train them for the battlefield and for war, but have not adequately addressed the invisible wounds they suffer in modern warfare.

1 in 5 Americans

The statistics tell the story: 

1 in 5 Americans

We can and must do better. There are many excellent existing initiatives working hard to meet the needs of Veterans and members of the armed forces in the U.S. and abroad. However, too often our approach is focused on mitigating the symptoms, such as homelessness, hopelessness, frustration and withdrawal, rather than scientifically examining the root causes. In addition, many civilian and military efforts are fragmented and not coordinated. 

A coordinated approach, both nationally and internationally, to understanding the science of conditions including traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress (PTS) and other brain diseases will help us understand the issues veterans face and drive the development of a holistic approach to effectively treating and curing the diseases themselves.  

In addition, we should work with armed forces in the U.S. and abroad to see what can be done to prevent brain and psychological injury. For example, resilience is an area that requires further rigorous, evidence-based scientific enquiry.                      
By convening a group of global leaders from the private sector, the military, the medical and brain research communities and fostering international cooperation from the Americas, Europe and Asia; encouraging nonpartisan collaboration between our governments, civilian medicine and research communities and the military; and seeking and responding to input from military families and communities, we can build upon the many existing initiatives seeking to serve the needs of armed service personnel and veterans and bring about real change.

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