The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) brought five Polish military professionals to visit the United States – a country they view as a leader in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research and treatment. During their 3-week program entitled “Wounded Warriors Assistance,” the group (consisting of two doctors, a psychologist, a journalist, and a disabled veteran) focused their studies on veteran care, community integration, psychological assessment, and ongoing medical treatment.
The visitors also examined policies and services aimed at helping to reintroduce veterans into family and community life. One example was a meeting with Jacksonville’s K9 for Warriors, which works to match service dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of military service post-9/11.
Overall, the program provided a balanced assessment of best practices and strategies used to support wounded warriors and increase public interest and awareness about their unique needs. The visitors were eager to get to work applying their findings and observations in their communities back home.