VA Take-Home Opioids

  Back As requested by the United States Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, the VA Office of Inspector General conducted a study to assess the provision of VA outpatient (take-home) opioids and monitoring of patients on opioid therapy (hereinafter referred to as opioid patients). Specifically, we described both the prevalence …

Traumatic Brain Injury

  Back Over the last several years, traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been thrust into the forefront of the consciousness of the medical community and the general public. This is in large part due to recent combat operations and subsequent recognition of this potentially “silent injury.” Fortunately, TBI has been …

Invisible Wounds of War

  Back Since October 2001, approximately 1.64 million U.S. troops have been deployed for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) in Afghanistan and Iraq. Early evidence suggests that the psychological toll of these deployments—many involving prolonged exposure to combat-related stress over multiple rotations—may be disproportionately high compared with the …

Reintegration of Post 9-11 Veterans

  Back Despite its best intentions and a significant commitment of resources, the U.S. Army is not effectively fulfilling its institutional responsibility to adequately prepare its departing veterans to enter into productive civilian life and employment at the conclusion of their time in uniform. The combination of an ineffectual understanding …