Track: Regulary, Legal, Military, and Governmental OEM Practice
Ronald F. Teichman, MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM*, Teichman Occupational Health Associates, West Orange, NJ
Victoria A. Cassano, MD, MPH, MA, FACPM*, Veteran's Health Administration Central Office, Washington, DC
Monica Clement, PhD, War Related Illness and Injury Study Center, East Orange, NJ
Omowunmi Y. O. Osinubi, MD, MSc, MBA, FRCA*, War Related Illness and Injury Study Center, East Orange, NJ
Susan Santos, PhD, MS, War Related Illness and Injury Study Center, East Orange, NJ
More than one million United States service members have returned from serving in Afghanistan, Iraq or both. Less than half of these men and women are seeking health care from the VA, therefore there is a significant likelihood that they are or will seek their care from health care providers in their communities and/or at their workplaces. Many of the issues facing these Veterans are unique to this population and others are rarely seen in occupational medical practices. Estimates are that more than 25% of these Veterans have concerns about one or more deployment-related exposures. This session will acquaint participants with what the exposures of concern are for these Veterans, some of the latest science regarding these exposures, problems of reintegration being faced by these returning service members, a signature injury of the current war, and some practical information about how to talk about exposure risks. A specialty program of the VA that is heavily involved in exposure issues of Veterans will also be presented.