Referred to: Reference Committee No. 1 – Timothy M. Beittel, MD, Chair
WHEREAS, one percent of Americans choose to serve our nation which may frequently put them in harm’s way as they defend freedom; and
WHEREAS, after more than 10 years of wars, nearly 50,000 of our military members have been visibly wounded; and
WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury have impacted roughly 1 in 6 of our veterans and represent the invisible wounds, which are the signature of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and
WHEREAS, both our visibly and invisibly wounded warriors carry burdens that also impact their families; and
WHEREAS, First Lady Michelle Obama announced a commitment from America’s medical colleges, led by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to support our veterans and military families by committing to train students in treating brain injuries PTSD and other mental health issues affecting returning service members; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the North Carolina Medical Society supports North Carolina medical colleges and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) curriculum to prepare medical students to care for the unique issues our returning veterans and their families face. (policy)
Fiscal Note: No additional funding above current resources estimated. Current resources will be allocated based on the priorities of the Society and the NCMS budget.