US, Israeli officials meet to discuss helping veterans with PTSD

March 30, 2017 11:35


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Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan and US Secretary for Veterans Affairs in Washington Dr. David Schulkin have agreed to cooperate on the treatment of veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

At a meeting on Tuesday, Shulkin raised several key challenges facing his department, such as the high suicide rate of veterans in the United States (an average of 20 per day) as well as the vulnerability of veterans to PTSD and its treatment.

The officials discussed exchanging delegations of experts in the field to share knowledge and professional experience, participation by Israel in events organized by the Department of Veteran Affairs for wounded veterans in the US and inviting Israeli experts in the fields of medicine and technology to participate in bioterrorism conferences  in which the United States participates.

Schulkin presented Ben Dahan with an official medal of the ministry as well as a pair of branded cufflinks. Ben-Dahan gave Schulkin a wooden box with an engraved silver Jerusalem relief and a military Bible that every soldier who joins the IDF receives.

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