Contributions of the Department of Veterans Affairs to Assessment and Treatment of Aphasia The modern Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers evolved from previous efforts, throughout history, to meet the changing needs of veterans wounded in battle. As the weapons of war change, the types of injuries sustained by service members change and require new advances in medical and rehabilitation needs in ... Article
Article  |   December 29, 2016
Contributions of the Department of Veterans Affairs to Assessment and Treatment of Aphasia
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  • Michael de Riesthal
    Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
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Regulatory, Legislative & Advocacy / Language Disorders / Aphasia / Part 4
Article   |   December 29, 2016
Contributions of the Department of Veterans Affairs to Assessment and Treatment of Aphasia
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 147-155. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG2.147
History: Received July 19, 2016 , Revised October 3, 2016 , Accepted October 17, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 147-155. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG2.147
History: Received July 19, 2016; Revised October 3, 2016; Accepted October 17, 2016

The modern Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers evolved from previous efforts, throughout history, to meet the changing needs of veterans wounded in battle. As the weapons of war change, the types of injuries sustained by service members change and require new advances in medical and rehabilitation needs in the acute and chronic phases of recovery. During the 20th century, multiple large-scale wars, including World War I (WWI), World War II (WWII), the Korean War, and Vietnam War, resulted in an increased number of injured veterans, and veterans in general, throughout the United States. Thus, out of necessity, VA laid the groundwork for many medical and rehabilitation advances for service-members and veterans across the lifespan. In the field of speech-language pathology, the role of VA in advancing patient care is evident in the area of aphasia rehabilitation. The purpose of this paper is to examine VA contributions to the development of innovative assessment and treatment techniques and programs for aphasia. The advances that have been made, to date, are due to the dedication of VA speech-language pathologists (SLPs), in collaboration with colleagues in other disciplines, and the service-members and veterans who were partners in these developments.

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