PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 31, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As a former backseat fighter pilot for the United States Air Force, Robert Zabel is familiar with the commitment and challenges that service members must face in combat. While Zabel has progressed from his career in the Air Force with optimism, creativity and professional development, he remains well aware that many veterans are not as lucky. As such, Zabel has remained a dedicated volunteer who serves to help those returning soldiers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Although the focus on PTSD in America has grown immensely in recent years, many experts have continued to highlight the gaps in mental health provisions for service members--gaps that some believe could encourage greater emotional distress and even trigger suicide. However, Robert Zabel says the current atmosphere surrounding PTSD may be improving, as the Department of Defense has recently announced a plan to enhance its mental health provisions to service members, specifically in regard to PTSD and TBI research and treatment.
A recent article
from the DoD explains, "Experts from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs gathered [at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command] to discuss the future of veterans' mental health and traumatic brain injury research efforts at the Military Health System Research Symposium... Discussions turned toward the National Research Action Plan, which is the result of an executive order signed a year ago by President Barack Obama to improve access to mental health services for veterans, service members, and military families. The plan directs DOD and the VA to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education to share resources and complete certain goals, such as complete within the next year the current DOD-CDC-Brain Trauma Foundation mild TBI/concussion classification project to clarify what is known and unknown about mild TBI and the critical gaps that need to be addressed."
Robert Zabel responds, "This is great news for those in the mental health profession and military that have been seeking improved solutions for veterans. While the DoD recognizes that these injuries are likely to continue to occur in times of war, I believe this new investment and research will help prevent the many concurrent issues that can afflict victims, such as depression and substance abuse."
The article explains, "In its first 12 months the NRAP will focus on developing a more precise system to diagnose TBI and standardizing data on TBI and PTSD. Longer-term goals include confirming biomarkers for PTSD and TBI, identifying changes in brain circuitry after successful treatment, and exploring genetic risk factors."
"This is just the beginning of improved research and understanding that will allow official organizations and industry professional to offer enhanced services to affected service members. I look forward to seeing how many lives are positively impacted by this new commitment," Robert Zabel concludes.
is a comprehensive professional who is noted for his service in the United States Air Force, where he has developed his skills in the field since his recruitment in 1988. In addition to his role as a back seat fighter pilot, Zabel is noted for his extensive education--specifically, he holds a BA in Art, History and Political Science from Oklahoma State University. Today, Zabel is the editor for 4RVPublishing Company, a poetry writer and a multifaceted creative artist. In addition to his professional endeavors, Zabel is also credited with a series of nonprofit volunteer work, particularly in the field of helping returning service members who suffer from PTSD and traumatic brain injury.