"Our warriors are the one percent of America who kept the 99 percent safe. We have a duty to help make their transitions as successful as possible."
– Former United States President George W. Bush
Armed service members embody a strong work ethic, teamwork, dedication to mission, respect for authority and leadership – all qualities that are incredibly valuable to business leaders and society at large. It’s a missed opportunity when we don’t find ways to effectively translate these skills in the private sector. By partnering with and leveraging the existing work of organizations we can mobilize leading practitioners and researchers to help us support veterans as they make a productive transition to civilian life.
"The fact is, for many people the mental scars that they have from the time they have served can be as serious or sometimes even worse than the physical scars and we need to take it much more seriously as a country."
– Former British Prime Minister David Cameron
By effectively addressing the mental health and brain health conditions armed services members experience, we will not only improve overall health outcomes but also reduce comorbidity with other chronic diseases and reduce overall healthcare costs – and not only among armed service members, but society as a whole:
Without precision diagnostics, researchers are unable to effectively conduct clinical trials which leads to a lack of FDA-approved treatments for TBI and other conditions. In addition, there’s an economic imperative to better understanding the link between TBI and neurodegenerative diseases including dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
"The 8.3 per cent prevalence of PTSD in the Australian Defence Force remains a concern."
– Australian Assistant Minister for Defence,
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