Why Educate Clinicians and Community Members
Approximately 40% of returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans will seek medical care outside the VA Healthcare System. Home Base is working to help community clinicians recognize the signs of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury in Veterans and Military-connected Families who are patients in their clinical practices. Many Veterans and their Families turn to their primary care doctor, pediatrician, clergy, school nurse, teacher, counselor and others in the community as ‘first responders’ for initial crisis intervention and counseling. These community caregivers have a genuine interest and desire to help, but they may need additional training to understand the military culture, recognize the symptoms of traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress, or know where to refer patients for care. At Home Base, we believe that we are all first-responders in caring for our returning Veterans and Families.