More than 1,600 veterans respond to TBI/PTSD survey

Since Feb. 3, more than 1,600 veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have taken The American Legion’s online TBI/PTSD survey.

Click here to take the Legion’s online survey, which runs through Feb. 28.

The survey is part of the Legion’s continuing research on the two mental-health issues that, together, affect more than a half-million veterans. In 2010, the Legion created a committee to study treatments used for TBI and PTSD by the private sector, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The committee’s report, "The War Within," was issued last September and distributed to members of Congress, senior VA and DoD leadership, and the White House.

"We’re asking veterans to participate in this survey so The American Legion can make more informed recommendations to VA and DoD on how to improve their health care for these conditions," said American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger.

In some of the Legion survey’s questions, respondents are asked whether their health-care providers have been receptive to using complementary and alternative treatments for TBI and PTSD. Respondents are also asked about any side effects from treatment and – if they did so – why they dropped out of treatment.

Dellinger said that mental health care for veterans and servicemembers is a top priority of The American Legion. "We want to hear directly from veterans on their experiences as patients, and whether they believe they are receiving timely and high-quality health care," he said.