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Identifying the Needs of Returning Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans

Connecticut Veterans Needs Assessment: The OEF/OIF Project Final Report

Marc B. Goldstein, Ph.D. and Jim Malley, Ph.D. Principal Investigators 
October 1, 2008

New returning Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans Study Released October 1, 2008

The Center for Public Policy & Social Research (CPPSR) at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) and the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) recently released the results of a needs assessment of Connecticut veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan . This study, authorized by Governor M. Jodi Rell and DVA Commissioner Linda Spoonster Schwartz, explored the salient medical, psychosocial and economic needs of these veterans, as well as the existing barriers veterans face in meeting those needs.

The study was released just in time, since OIE/OIF veterans are facing many problems.One of them is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). On Febuary 6th, MSNBC reported that in January 2009, OIE/OIF veterans suicides rates had exceeed combat deaths.