Alabama VA Medical Center http://apr.org en VA Helping Ala Clergy Learn About PTSD http://apr.org/post/va-helping-ala-clergy-learn-about-ptsd <P>The federal government is helping Alabama pastors learn how to assist veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.</P> <DIV> <P>The Veterans Affairs Medical Center is Tuscaloosa is offering a seminar this week to educate pastors, priests and other church leaders about PTSD and depression.</P> <P>VA chaplain John Bailey says research shows that almost half of veterans will turn to a member of the clergy first before they seek out a mental health provider.</P> <P>Bailey says the agency is trying to help clergy members deal with issues affecting veterans. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 11:45:26 +0000 The Associated Press 27703 at http://apr.org VA Helping Ala Clergy Learn About PTSD Female Vet Health Care Focus of Tuscaloosa Meeting http://apr.org/post/female-vet-health-care-focus-tuscaloosa-meeting <P>The quality of health care for female veterans will be the highlight at a town hall meeting in Tuscaloosa tonight. The American Legion is hosting the event. It’s the country’s largest organization of war-time veterans. Officials say women now make up about 15 percent of the country’s service members. About 340,000 women veterans are currently enrolled in the VA health-care system, and officials say they expect that number to keep growing. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:32:52 +0000 Maggie Martin 24967 at http://apr.org Female Vet Health Care Focus of Tuscaloosa Meeting