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American Legion asks Veterans to Take the PTSD-TBI Survey

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The American Legion is running a national survey of veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The American Legion's says the survey is part of their continuing research on the two mental health issues, PTSD and TBI, that affect more than a half-million veterans.

Four years ago, the American Legion created a committee to study treatments used for PTSD and TBI by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense (DOD) and the private sector.

Last September, the committee issued its report, "The War Within," and distributed it to Congress, the White House, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Department of Defense (DOD). The Report is also available online.

The Legion's online survey is a continuation of that effort.

Click on the link below to take the Legion's online survey, The survey runs through Feb. 28th.

Take the Survey

According to the American Legion, the survey of veteran’s healthcare experiences was developed and administered by the American Legion and conducted by Dr. Jeff Greenberg of Data Recognition Corporation.

The survey questions focus on the types of treatment that veterans are offered and the perceived benefits of treatment. The survey consists of 52 simple questions.

The first series of questions requests the basic data about who you are.

  • Who is filling out this survey?
  • When were you first diagnosed by a clinician?
  • What is your date of birth?
  • What is your sex?
  • What branch of the military did you serve with?
  • What was your type of service?
  • When did you serve in the military?
  • Do you currently serve in the military?
  • During your military career were you deployed to a combat/war zone?
  • Were you wounded or injured while deployed during your military career?

The second series of questions relates to your service disability rating.

  • Are you classified as having a service-connected disability?
  • If yes, what is your overall disability rating?
  • Are you rated for PTSD?
  • If Yes, what percent?
  • Are you rated for TBI?
  • If Yes, what percent?

This is followed by a series of questions on the types of treatment you have received

  • Have you received care/treatment for PTSD and/or TBI at a facility of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs?
  • If yes, What State did you receive recent treatment in?
  • Have you received treatment at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)?
  • What was the most recent facility
  • Have you received treatment at a Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC)?
  • What was the most recent facility?
  • Have you received treatment at a Vet Center facility?
  • What was the most recent facility?
  • Have you received treatment through Telehealth?
  • Did you receive care for PTSD and/or TBI at a private facility?
  • If you currently receive PTSD or TBI treatment at a VA facility, how frequently do you have appointments?
  • How many miles do you live from the facility where you received treatment?
  • What is your average driving time to and from your home and the medical facility?
  • What type(s) of clinician(s) do you receive care from?

The survey then asks one question about symptoms.

  • How intensely do you experience the following symptoms?

The survey asks questions about the effectiveness of the treatments you have received.

  • Since you received care, how would you rate your overall level of improvement?
  • How many medications have you been prescribed?
  • PTSD: Please identify all the types of PTSD treatment you have received.
  • TBI: Please identify the type(s) of TBI Therapy you have received
  • Have you noticed improvement, no improvement, or a worsening based on your prescribed treatments?
  • Have you noticed improvement, no improvement, or a worsening based on your prescribed medications?
  • Has your provider(s) been receptive and/or had discussions with you about complementary and alternative treatments, etc.?
  • Have you ever terminated any treatment(s) prior to completion?
  • If yes, which treatment(s) did you terminate?
  • If yes, why did you terminate treatment(s)?

It only takes about 5 minutes to complete the survey.

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