Reframing Trauma for Veterans Seminar
In an effort to support the active duty, veteran and military family members of the North Carolina community through continuing education, Duke University School of Nursing in partnership with Duke University School of Medicine and the DUSON chapter of Active Minds are hosting a seminar to decrease the stigma associated with PTSD and other mental health disorders and to point health care providers towards low-cost medical options for veterans and veteran treatment courts that aid those with substance abuse issues. Attendees will receive information regarding outside-the-box treatments and how to access them and strategies to help educate health care providers on military cultural competencies, to help them access available resources for active duty military service members, veterans and their families and to help identify the most innovative treatments necessary to facilitate the best possible outcomes. Today in the United States, mental disorders including PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are a significant cause of disability and morbidity in the U.S. military and veteran population. North Carolina has the fourth largest military morbidity in the United States and is home to veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the first Gulf Ware and most recently, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As of 2015, there were over 100,000 active duty military, 12,000 National Guard reserves and over 775,000 veterans in North Carolina.