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In addition to what has been spent to date by DoD, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the National Institutes of Health, universities and private groups, DoD officials recently announced that a $300-million allocation will be divided among 171 projects by the end of the summer for post-traumatic stress disorder/ traumatic brain injury (PTSD/TBI) research with focuses on medications that could be effective, brain-cell regeneration, the effects of mild TBI (low-injury concussions), improved methods of treating PTSD patients living in remote areas and stigma-reduction initiatives to encourage more PTSD sufferers to seek treatment. In decades hence, the last American casualty whose cause of death can be tied directly to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan probably will be a former soldier who fell through the system's net by choice - carrying and suffering the effects of PTSD/TBI for all that time, never seeking help, and finally ending his own life when he could no longer carry or suffer those burdens.
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