Legion's TBI/PTSD symposium set for June 24

The American Legion will host its first symposium on care and treatments for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on June 24 in Washington, D.C. The invitation-only event, "Advancing Care and Treatments for Veterans with TBI and PTSD," is sponsored by Military.com and will be held at the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Jeffrey Greenberg of Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) will share results from the TBI and PTSD veterans survey conducted in February by the Legion. The survey had more than 3,000 respondents, which the DRC helped the Legion analyze.

The event will feature presentations and panel discussions by medical experts on TBI, PTSD, complementary and alternative medicine for treating the conditions, and caregiver and family support.

Featured speakers at the symposium include:

  • Dr. Caitlin Thompson, Ph.D., deputy director for suicide prevention, Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Julio Larrea, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Roberta Wedge, director of a study on treatments for PTSD in military and veterans populations, Institute of Medicine
  • Andrea Sawyer, caregiver and spouse of medically retired Army veteran Loyd Sawyer
  • Dr. Tracy Gaudet, M.D., director of VHA’s office of patient-centered care and cultural transformation

Other guest speakers include:

  • Bill Detweiler, past national commander of The American Legion and chairman of the Legion’s TBI/PTSD Committee
  • Ralph Bozella, chairman of the Legion’s Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission and of the System Worth Saving Task Force
  • Retired Adm. Terry McCreary, president of Military Advantage/Military.com and vice-president of Monster Worldwide
  • Dr. Warren Lockette, deputy assistant secretary for clinical and program policy at the Department of Defense
  • Dr. David Carroll, Ph.D., consultant for specialty mental health at VHA

Panelists include experts from the Defense Health Agency, University of Pittsburgh, DoD Centers of Excellence, Office of the Surgeon General, Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Samueli Institute, Duke University, RAND Corporation and Wise Health, Inc.

The American Legion’s TBI/PTSD Committee conducted extensive research on complementary and alternative treatments for TBI/PTSD, and published its findings and recommendations in its report, “The War Within.”


  1. as one of the ones who suffered their TBI from outside the scope of the GWOT, I'm getting used to taking a back seat to those coming home. Granted, their problems are immediate, and my issues have already been screwed up to the point to where I can barely hold down employment. Notice I didn't say full time, because there hasn't been one pay period when I completed the full 80 hours without taking time off for medical care. My symptoms were lowballed when rated for my disability compensation, and I am trying to get them changed, but I feel it would be an easier task if my TBI happened in theater. As for DC, they don't want to hear what the people who are suffering have to say, that's why this is being held in DC. They want to hear each other talk, the expert, the politicians ... what do they care about the multitude of patients who have been suffering for over 15 years, before TBI was fashionable. I was part of the initial DoD/VA TBI study ... I paved the way for those who are coming home now, but my treatment left much to be desired. It's been 17 years now, and I'm still suffering every day. I hope that study helped someone else, because it didn't do a thing for me.
  2. Hoping to get an Invitation for the June 24 symposium in Washington D.C. at the present time I am assigned to V.A. Psychiatry for Mental, and a Neurology for TBI Traumatic Brain Injury. Also PTSD to a specialist to help for my PTSD. I missed my appointment and she didn't gave me another appointment to see her. I was like these conditions since 1985 with no results and none of VA to have help me my veteran benefit since 1985, 21 years without increase or any of my PTSD, and TBI Traumatic Brain Injury ever gain VA benefits to my Mental problem, due to TBI and PTSD.
  3. It would be great if they invited people like me,and other former military veterans, that actually have PTSD,what would be the purpose of this with only 3000 surveys?it affects each of us differently,sounds to me like they don't want to rub shoulders with us,typical.
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