Foreword, Mission Critical Veterans Health Summit: Addressing the Invisible Wounds of our Nation’s Veterans
The articles in this Symposium reflect the presentations of panelists at an April 2016 conference, developed by the Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy (“Gitenstein Institute”) at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and by Hofstra’s Master of Public Health Program. The conference, “Mission Critical Veterans Health Summit: Addressing the Invisible Wounds of Our Nation’s Veterans,” was part of the Gitenstein Institute’s Garfunkel Wild Thought Leadership in Action Speaker Series. Convened to address the challenges that face veterans attempting to gain disability and health benefits from the Veterans Administration and seeking effective treatment for physical and mental wounds of war, the conference featured three panels. Two of the panels—“Health Care Issues for Veterans” and “Invisible Wounds: Case Study of PTSD from Several Perspectives”—are represented in this Issue. Many of the themes of the third panel, entitled “Suicide and Suicide-Related Behavior in Service Members and Veterans,” appear in the articles included in this Symposium.