Commission on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and
Traumatic Brain Injury
Chapter 115-D
Repeal and Replace
AN ACT establishing a permanent commission on post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic
brain injury.
ANALYSIS
This bill establishes that the current study commission on post-traumatic stress disorder and
traumatic brain injury become a permanent commission. The permanent commission will
develop, coordinate, and oversee the recommendations identified in the report submitted by the
study commission on the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury
suffered in the line of duty by members of the armed forces and veterans.
Purpose.
I. The legislature finds that:
(1) In 2011, the general court created a commission to study the effects of post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) suffered in the line of duty by members of the
armed forces and veterans.
(2) Commission outreach, as well as survey results from the Survey Helping to Advance
Recovery Efforts (SHARE), the New Hampshire Psychological Association, the American Red
Cross and 80 military and civilian providers indicate:
(a) There is high statistical evidence of PTSD and TBI in members of the armed forces and
veterans;
(b) Veterans indicate they are not in receipt of psychological, physical, and economic
assistance they need;
(c) Veterans identified a number of barriers to access healthcare both within the United
States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as well as in civilian/community
organizations; and
(d) Survey results indicate barriers to access healthcare include but are not limited to; a
perception that all veterans are entitled to healthcare, stigma associated with PTSD and
TBI, lack of knowledge as to how to obtain healthcare, lack of education or
understanding of military culture/lifestyle, lack of partnership between VA, veterans,
state, and community/civilian agencies for a continuum of care for veterans.
(3) Many civilian/community agencies are interested in learning how to better serve veterans.
(4) There is recognition that VA Medical Centers, VA Vet Centers, New Hampshire National
Guard and Reserve Centers cannot meet all the needs for veteran's healthcare; of the
approximately 115,000 (VA, 2012) veterans in NH, 42,747 are enrolled in the VA healthcare
system yet only 28,730 of those enrolled receive VA services.
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