For more on the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, read Beyond PTSD from the March-April 2010 issue of Utne Reader.
Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Jason Deitschman shares an office with Navy Senior Chief Jim Pitts and Army Sgt. 1st Class Lee Smith at the Palo Alto Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center in Palo Alto, California. The three work the non-clinical case management of servicemembers receiving care there, as well as for others in their region. An Air Force liaison works out of the office part time.
Navy Petty Officer Second Class Morgana Bowne pets a treatment dog at the VA's Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment facility at Menlo Park, California. The facility is part of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and is a 60- to 90-day treatment program. The dog is part of a pilot program at the center to see how pets can be used in treating the symptoms of PTSD.
Navy Senior Chief Jim Pitts, a non-clinical case manager for wounded warriors, talks with Veterans Affairs social work supervisor Scott Skiles and Army Sgt. 1st Class Lee Smith, a wounded warrior military liaison. All are stationed at the Palo Alto Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center.
Veterans Affairs social work supervisor Scott Skiles talks with Army Sgt. 1st Class Lee Smith, a wounded warrior military liason, during a meeting to discuss military servicemembers receiving treatment at the Palo Alto Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center.
DoD photos by Fred W. Baker III