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Universities creating classes on how to treat war veterans

October 5, 2009

As psychologically wounded troops return from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, colleges and universities are creating classes -- ranging from workshops to semester-long graduate courses -- on how to treat combat veterans and their families suffering from war-related mental health problems.

"I think across the nation, a lot of schools of social work have concluded that we need to do something," says Jose Coll, director of the University of Southern California's military social work program, which offers a degree that emphasizes treating veterans.

One in three Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, a mild traumatic brain injury or some combination of all three, according to a RAND Corp. study released last year.

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