The National Center for PTSD Celebrates 25 Years of Leadership in Research and Education

September 18, 2014 3:19 PM

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On August 29, the Department of Veterans Affairs' National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) celebrated its 25th anniversary. For the past 25 years, the Center has been the leader in research and education helping those who are living with PTSD. I was privileged to be a part of the team that started the Center, and for being part of an ever-growing number of people who work to further understanding of the consequences of being exposed to a traumatic event.

The proposal to create the Center arose from the growing mental health needs of Vietnam Veterans and others, and the recognition in 1980 of the PTSD diagnosis by the American Psychiatric Association. In 1984 Congress directed VA to form a National Center for PTSD "to carry out and promote the traini...

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