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October 2017

Using GIS to Assess Hurricane Harvey's Impact

As winds from Hurricane Harvey threatened and made landfall in Texas in late August, the VA Office of Emergency Management (OEM) contacted the Planning Systems Support Group (PSSG) for assistance in creating maps of the area. OEM needed geospatial analysis and visual data representation to assess and predict the storm’s path and its potential impact on VA health care facilities and VHA enrollees in the States of Texas, Louisiana, and other areas of the southeastern United States. 

VEC Member Brings Personal Veteran Experience

Tom Cruz, member of the CINDRR Veteran Engagement Executive Team and the Veteran Engagement Council, is an Active Duty Master Sergeant (MSG) in the United States Army with more than 22 years of service.  He has been deployed in support of Operation Joint Guardian (Kosovo) and has been deployed three times to Iraq. MSG Cruz recently returned from a six-month deployment to Jordan and will be deployed to Japan for three years at the end of this year. MSG Cruz is a suicide attempt survivor and has experience in suicide prevention.

Traumatic Brain Injury in Veterans

Veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) differ from civilians with TBI in some key ways—with potentially important implications for long-term care and support of injured service members. New research from the Veterans Administration TBI Model System is presented. 


As a new HSR&D Fellow, Dr. Christopher Fowler hopes to improve Veteran access to non-pharmacological treatments (e.g., psychotherapy, physical therapy, acupuncture) and associated outcomes for Veterans living with chronic pain conditions.

CINDRR Investigators Active in ACRM

The  American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Military and Veterans Affairs Networking Group offers networking opportunities between non-government and government ACRM members and functions as an advisory group to maximize VA and DOD participation in ACRM. 

2017 Women Veterans Art Exhibit

In honor of Women's History Month a call for submissions went out to our women Veterans to submit examples of their artwork to remind us all of the great contributions and sacrifices that our women Veterans have made over the last 100 years.  

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