The Praeger Handbook of Veterans' Health
History, Challenges, Issues, and Developments
by Thomas W. Miller, Editor
September 2012, 1570pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
4 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-38349-6
$216, £160, 187€, A292
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Veterans represent a significant percentage of the U.S. national population. In May 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that approximately 22,658,000 American veterans are still living. Continued healthcare for these more than 20 million veterans remains a critical focus and presents a significant challenge—especially in light of the weak U.S. economy and astronomical national debt.

This four-volume set provides a history of veterans' healthcare that examines programs of care and veterans' special needs, and offers insight into future directions for veteran's healthcare in the 21st century.

This comprehensive contribution to understanding veterans’ healthcare uniquely draws on a national and international cadre of scientists and practitioners, both within the Department of Veterans Affairs and specialists beyond the institution, providing a matrix view of veterans’ healthcare, past, present, and future, both nationally and internationally. This work will prove an essential reference set that examines and identifies veterans’ healthcare through the first decade of the 21st century, invaluable to health and psychology researchers and students, policymakers, social workers, and veterans.

The Praeger Handbook of Veterans’ Health: History, Challenges, Issues, and Developments is organized to cover four key elements. Volume I presents a history of veterans’ healthcare, the various veteran’s eras, and the global healthcare provided to our veterans. Volume II examines several of the programs of care and veterans’ special needs. Volume III is devoted to the several aspects of mental health care, treatment, and rehabilitation services offered to veterans through the healthcare system. The last volume offers insights into future directions for veterans’ healthcare.

Thomas W. Miller, PhD, ABPP, is professor emeritus, senior research scientist at the Center for Health Intervention and Prevention at the University of Connecticut, and former tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. He is a retired career service chief for the Veterans Health Administration and served as a psychologist at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and then as chief of service at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center until he retired. He is a licensed psychologist, a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association of Psychological Science, and the Royal Society for Medicine. Miller has taught internationally and has served as a consultant to the Royal Ministry of Defence, South Hampton Naval base, England, and worked with former prisoners of war and victims of torture in the United States, the UK, and the National Mental Health Research Centers in Russia. His published works include Children of Trauma: Stressful Life Events and Their Effects on Children and Adolescents and Handbook of Stressful Transitions across the Life Span.


"Overall, this useful resource provides a good understanding of veterans' health care needs and the organization of veterans' health care in the U.S.; the messages conveyed may also have implications for health care in general. Summing Up: Recommended."—Choice, July 1, 2013

"The Praeger Handbook of Veterans Health is a remarkable achievement. Highly informative, it covers an astonishing array of topics. The special health care needs of veterans are emphasized in the context of programs developed in the Department of Veterans Affairs to meet those needs. In so doing the Handbook honors veterans and those who care for them."—John Booss, MD, Professor Emeritus, Departments of Neurology and Laboratory Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine

"These volumes, for the first time, delineate the motivation for and structural underpinnings of our country’s system of healthcare for veterans and examine the contributions of VA research and medical care to the health of all Americans. The handbook addresses the special challenges of evaluating and treating those who suffered much in service to our country and lays the groundwork for future endeavors, often sharing a vision of opportunities for continuing improvement and change. In one source, we find the history of medical care for soldiers and veterans in the United States and its evolution to the comprehensive healthcare provided today with emphasis on common medical conditions, especially mental health care. Additionally, the role of the VA in medical education and the breadth of its influence in educating students and residents in many disciplines is presented so that the reader may know that the VA remains a mighty resource for training healthcare workers for tomorrow. I have known Dr. Thomas Miller as colleague and friend for nearly 20 years and have always appreciated his enthusiasm and commitment to the discipline of Psychology and to the psychological health of veterans. He is internationally known for his research and is a leader, especially, in the recognition and management of the effects of stresses of many types on our lives. This handbook is a labor of love, born of values instilled by his family and many years of experience managing a Psychology Service and treating veterans and their families. As such, it is a fitting legacy for a compassionate, caring clinician and will enlighten those who read its pages. "—James R. McCormick MD, FCCP, Professor and Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Kentucky

"An impressive opus describing the history, legislation, dedication, and future of the VA health care system. The individual authors are truly world class experts in their chosen fields. Together, they provide an exciting glimpse into the interdisciplinary and integrated world of VA medicine and healthcare, in its broadest and most creative sense. The passage of President Obama’s landmark health care reform legislation reflects the exemplary experiences and proven vision of decades of uncompromising VA personnel, providing the highest possible quality of care to those who willingly put themselves “in harm’s way” for our nation. This is an inspirational treatise heralding the best of public service."—Pat DeLeon JD, PhD, former President, American Psychological Association, Chief of Staff to Hon. Sen. Daniel Inouye, Hawaii

"The Praeger Handbook of Veterans’ Health delivers a masterfully comprehensive discourse on topics most salient to Veteran care in the past, present and future. Simultaneously exhaustive and constructive, this collection provides historical context, actionable insights and thought leadership critical to the evolution of Veteran care and large systems of care generally. Dr. Miller convenes a panel of nationally renowned researchers and clinicians to educate and evoke thought among readers unfamiliar with the VA system as well as those with seasoned careers serving Veterans. The implications of this unprecedented work for the care of Veterans and civilians alike cannot be overstated."—Sara Smucker Barnwell, PhD, Director, Telemental Health, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle Division, Seattle, WA

"The Praeger Handbook of Veterans Health is an excellent collection which should be mandatory reading for every practitioner in the veteran’s system. This is a comprehensive four volume set containing a historical and accurate reflection of today’s challenges facing the Veteran’s Health Administration. Captured in these four volumes are the financial dilemmas while also suggesting possibilities for state of the art advanced care that our veteran’s deserve. This volume set represents a myriad collection of veteran problems, potential solutions, and a global picture not yet available in the public domain. A fascinating read for all interested in understanding 21st century Veterans’ healthcare issues. Dr. Miller nailed it!"—Steve Campbell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Army Veteran
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