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Unconquerable Heroes: Invictus, Redemption, and the Cultural Politics of Narrative

The wounded veteran is a challenging subject for the state. These subjects must be narratively managed and reclaimed in ways which both recognize the violence of warfare and render critical responses inappropriate. Using the example of the Invictus Games, this…

Veterans Affairs patient database (VAPD 2014–2017): building nationwide granular data for clinical discovery

To study patient physiology throughout a period of acute hospitalization, we sought to create accessible, standardized nationwide data at the level of the individual patient-facility-day. This methodology paper summarizes the development, organization, and characteristics of the Veterans Affairs Patient Database…

Violent crime among Swedish military veterans after deployment to Afghanistan: a population-based matched cohort study

To investigate the incidence of violent crime conviction among Swedish military veterans after deployment to Afghanistan versus non-deployed comparators. The main outcome was first conviction of a violent crime, retrieved from the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention Register until…

Danger- and non-danger-based stressors and their relations to posttraumatic deprecation or growth in Norwegian veterans deployed to Afghanistan

Twelve war zone related traumatic events were used to form two stressor categories. The non-danger-based category included two stressor types: Moral Challenges and Witnessing, and the danger-based category included one type: Personal Threat. Thus, three stressor types were explored in…

Distinguishing and phenotype monitoring of traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome including chronic migraine in serum of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and persistent post-concussion syndrome (PCS) including chronic migraine (CM) are major health issues for civilians and the military. It is important to understand underlying biochemical mechanisms of these conditions, and be able to monitor them in…

When a Veterans’ Treatment Court Fails: Lessons Learned from a Qualitative Evaluation

More than 500 veterans treatment courts (VTCs) provide thousands of eligible veterans across the nation alternative means of resolving criminal charges through a therapeutic, judicially supervised programs. The majority of those VTCs mandate that veteran participants work with a volunteer…

Effectiveness and harms of mental health treatments in service members and veterans with deployment-related mild traumatic brain injury

Background Co-morbidity of psychiatric conditions with traumatic brain injury (TBI) is common among service members and Veterans from recent deployments. Practice guidelines for mild TBI (mTBI) recommend management of co-occurring psychiatric conditions with existing treatments, but it is unclear whether…

Differential BDNF methylation in combat exposed veterans and the association with exercise

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene is associated with increased risk of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and plays a role in neuroplasticity, cognition and memory. BDNF has strong potential as a therapeutic target as studies have shown that antidepressants, electroconvulsive treatment…

Understanding the needs of veterans seeking support for mental health difficulties

Since the late 1990s, studies have been conducted in the UK to monitor the health and well-being of military personnel. The bulk of this work has been conducted by researchers at King’s College London, first after the 1991 Gulf War…

Trends in Diagnostic Coding for Musculoskeletal Conditions: An Evaluation of ICD-10 Use in the Veterans Health Administration

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are the most common diagnoses among Veterans presenting with pain in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The implementation of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) sought to increase specification of…