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Joining Forces

Among the most pressing health care issues facing military men and women and their families are the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); traumatic brain injury (TBI); and other combat-related injuries. Approximately one in six service personnel returning from Afghanistan and Iraq — more than 300,000 veterans — have been affected by PTSD and TBI; since 2000, more than 44,000 of those troops have suffered at least a moderate-grade traumatic brain injury.

In April 2012, through the Joining Forces initiative, spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, the NLN and many other nursing organizations and schools committed to educate current and future nurses how to recognize the symptoms of these debilitating, though often invisible, conditions and provide care appropriate to each nurse's practice setting.

The curriculum resources provided on these pages are offered by the NLN to faculty as teaching tools to provide evidence-based references ready to use in your classrooms and clinical settings. Please use them throughout the program of learning to teach students to provide quality care to military men and woman and their families.

News Releases

National League for Nursing Joins Forces with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to support Veterans and Military Families — April 12, 2012