U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), this week met with Lieutenant General Patricia Horoho, the Army Surgeon General to discuss Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the soaring suicide rate within the Department of Defense.
"This year is on track to be worst for the Army in number of suicides, in fact more Soldiers have been lost to suicide than to combat operations in Afghanistan" said Inhofe. "This is unacceptable and I remain committed to confronting this issue with my full attention. The Army is taking this very seriously as well and I am confident that LTG Horoho will actively work with the Army leadership to turn the tide. I am extremely impressed with her professionalism, knowledge, and passion for the health and wellness of our service members and have no doubts in her abilities to lead the Army Medical Command."
"TBI and PTSD continue to plague our veterans and we owe them the best possible care to combat these illnesses. Research points to a possible linkage between PTSD and TBI with suicide. Continued development and processes to correctly identify, diagnose, and treat TBI and PTSD will have a direct correlation to confronting the suicide rate. These tests include cognitive testing such as ANAM, clinical evaluations, and forward deployed assets to diagnose and treat TBI cases."
LTG Horoho became the 43rd Army Surgeon General in December 2011, the first woman and Army nurse to be both nominated and confirmed to the post.