McDonald: War Veterans Have Strong Leadership Asset
Does war have any symptoms? What are they, and how could they be foreseen or treated? What invisible signs lie behind the problems of veteran's healthcare? We talk today with the Eighth United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald
McDonald believes that if we can reintegrate war veterans back to social life, they then may become real leaders: business and political. The mental sphere lies deeper in the nature of the social and mental healthcare crisis, caused by war. Real veterans are the ones already deeply motivated to overcome death threats, to protect their country. And if those people can be effectively returned to life – that existing impetus may turn the crisis to prosperity.
“A couple of things can be said about the invisible signs of war. One thing is — they are invisible,” Eighth United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert A. McDonald said.
“You only can see the behavior, the symptoms of what’s wrong. Secondly, in terms of healthcare, we are further behind mental health, than we are in physical health. And we are learning new things all the time. For example, the concussive impact can cause the brain to dissever, deep in its crevasses and that dissever breaks the neuron transfer in the brain. And so what has to happen sometimes is we have to treat veterans to create a different path through those neurons for their brain to operate. We call it neuroplasticity. Those are some of the things we are now only learning about, because of the recent wounds of war,” he added.
See the full interview on our channel’s Head to Head program on August 7, 2019 at 2.10 p.m., Kyiv time.