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  • Using Veterans' Health Data, Oak Ridge National Lab Takes On Massive Medical Research Project

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    What might be the most ambitious health care data analysis to date is happening in East Tennessee.

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory is working through a massive batch of records from the Department of Veterans Affairs — the records that VA doctors keep on their more than 22 million patients. About a quarter of a million veterans have also donated their genome sequence — basically, their DNA — to the VA, which has been handed over to the national lab.

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  • Veterans' Health Care Data Could Lead to Rapid Medical Breakthroughs

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    Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are developing a secure platform for researchers to access the healthcare data of 22.5 million military veterans, accelerating the timeline for medical research breakthroughs.

    Scientists from ORNL's Computational Sciences and Engineering Division started building the platform as part of the laboratory's involvement in a national partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Energy Department.

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  • New Institute to Help Veterans with Brain Injury

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    The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus soon will be home to a one-of-a-kind, intensive treatment center for those suffering from traumatic brain injury, most notably retired athletes and military veterans.

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  • NC releases new benefits guide for veterans, active military

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Veterans and active military in North Carolina will have access to a new benefits guide launching this Independence Day weekend.

    The North Carolina Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs produced a resource guide with details about programs available to those who served and their families.

    The 140 page booklet has sections on employment, healthcare, education, disability benefits, and much more.

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  • VA to open emergency rooms to 'bad paper' vets on July 5

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    WASHINGTON — Veterans with other-than-honorable discharges will be able to access Veterans Affairs emergency rooms for urgent mental health care starting July 5, under new rules outlined by department leaders on Tuesday. 

    The move is the culmination of months of review into how to handle the cases of vets who may have been improperly separated from the military due to undiagnosed or untreated problems like post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or other mental health issues. 

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  • Soldier who lost 4 limbs opening retreat to help others

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    ROME, Maine — Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills awoke in a hospital on his 25th birthday to learn that an explosion in Afghanistan had robbed him of all four limbs. He later told his wife to take their daughter and their belongings, and just go. He didn't want her saddled with his burden. 

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  • Army scaling back respite care program

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    SOUTHERN PINES — For nearly the past year, Lorraine Weber has welcomed the calming presence of a respite care provider into her home to help with her son Robbie, who has moderate autism.

    Robbie commands attention, yelling for his mom and tugging on her while he plays with his dinosaurs and Legos. She does her best to split her attention between Robbie, his sister Madeleine and her husband Robert, a major in the Army who is out of the state for training over the next two months.

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  • Q & A: Veteran suicide hotline now answers 9 of 10 calls in 8 seconds

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    ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A 10-year-old suicide hotline designed to assist veterans at their deepest moments of despair has taken heavy criticism recently following a trio of highly critical government reports that questioned answer times, staff preparedness and quality assurance.

    Earlier this week Acting Director Susan Strickland, acting director of the Veterans Crisis Line, and Julianne Mullane, assistant deputy director of team operations for the Canandaigua, N.Y., veterans hotline, sat down to discuss the government reports and their agency's efforts to improve operations

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  • Purdue gets funding for potential groundbreaking study on veterans and service dogs

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    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Researchers at Purdue University will soon start a potentially groundbreaking study that could help more veterans suffering from PTSD get service dogs.

    The research could for the first time prove scientifically that service dogs help these veterans. Purdue researchers just received more than a half million dollars to conduct this two year study.

    The potential is sweeping change in Washington, D.C. and another resource for vets.

    Zoe is Nick Hamilton’s service dog. Hamilton served three tours in Iraq and now suffers from PTSD.

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  • Treatment Court Offers Vets Mental Health, Substance Abuse Counseling

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    After robbing a bank two years ago, Louis Merchat sat in his car and waited for police to arrive. He wasn't after money.

    "I was either going to get my head blown off, or I was going to get something done," said Merchat, 65, an Army veteran. "One way or the other, I was going to get some help."

    Merchat ended up at the Lake County Veterans Treatment Court. And after a two-year journey, Merchat and 22 others graduated May 10.

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