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Penn researcher helps healthcare providers win hearts, minds of veterans

NewsWorks, February 10, 2014
Most veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan do not receive regular care at Veterans Affairs hospitals for their physical and emotional wounds. Now there's a push to make sure all health care providers are better prepared to serve their patients who are vets. When Camden native Drew Bendler returned from Iraq a few years ago, he struggled to adjust to civilian life. He turned to drinking, but wasn't aware he had a problem. "My problem with my denial was my isolation," he recalled. He felt alone in what he had experienced, and didn't know where to turn for help. It's easy to forget that 2.5 million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Gala True.