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Investing in the physical and mental health of the nation’s veterans

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks and Rosie Torres join Washington Post Live on Tuesday, Nov. 29. (Video: The Washington Post)

Veterans often face new battles at home from physical and mental injuries to feelings of displacement and isolation. Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks and Burn Pits 360 co-founder Rosie Torres join Washington Post Live to discuss new investments the government is making to support the approximately 18 million women and men who have worn their country’s uniform in combat.

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“The overriding viewpoint here is that the Russians are clearly undertaking every brutal tactic that they’ve shown, that they’ve displayed elsewhere… It shows a level of concern and desperation I think from the Russians that the Ukrainian will and capability is strong, and I think that is in fact the case and that the United States and its allies and partners who are supporting Ukraine… are having a demonstrated effect.” – Deputy Secretary Kathleen Hicks (Video: Washington Post Live)
“We are pleased with the drop in suicide rates but we will not be satisfied until there are no more suicides and we know there’s a lot more work to be done… Secretary Austin also created [an] independent review commission for suicide prevention. That commission… will report in to the Secretary by the end of this year with some initial thoughts and then a public report we hope early in the next year.” – Deputy Secretary Kathleen Hicks (Video: Washington Post Live)
“It does help multi-generational, through many war campaigns, such as Vietnam, Gulf War, Camp Lejeune, people that were around burn pits during OEF-OIF, and it grants 23 presumptive conditions that now doesn’t put the burden on the veteran to prove. We’re talking about lung disease, cancers, many cancers and many respiratory issues and other conditions… Very much like what happened with 9/11 [first responders]. They started with no diseases and gradually added more and more as science allowed them to.” – Rosie Torres (Video: Washington Post Live)
“We help connect those individuals and their families that have been impacted by burn pits or any military toxic exposures… We operate an independent registry where veterans and their families or survivors can submit a health entry or a death entry that really has allowed us to move the mission forward of creating policy and legislation.” – Rosie Torres (Video: Washington Post Live)

Kathleen Hicks

Deputy Defense Secretary

Rosie Torres

Co-Founder, Burn Pits 360

Content from Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan

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(Video: Washington Post Live)

Caring for the Military Community

In a segment presented by Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan, Andrew J. Satin, M.D., retired U.S. Air Force colonel and Director of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics discusses how women’s health services are unique to military families.

He also shares his expertise about other essential military health services and resources available for military families.

Andrew J. Satin

Director, Gynecology & Obstetrics

Professor of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins Medicine