VA/DoD PTSD Coach App Wins Innovation Award for Telemedicine Advancement


Veterans Today
March 30, 2012



The Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (DoD) Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) coach mobile application marked its first anniversary with receipt of an award for innovation in the advancement of telemedicine from the American Telemedicine Association.

“The health and well-being of our brave men and women who have served this Nation is our highest priority,” said Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. “Using the popularity of mobile devices, we can provide important tools to Veterans wherever they are, whenever they need them, whether or not they receive care through VA or DoD.”

PTSD Coach, collaboratively developed by VA’s National Center for PTSD and DoD’s National Center for Telehealth & Technology, provides education, symptoms-tracking tools, self-assessment and connections to support individuals with PTSD. Since its public release on April 11, 2011, the app has been downloaded more than 53,000 times in over 60 countries. It is available for free download for both iPhone and Android devices.

To read the full story on the Veterans Today web site, click here.


The PTSD Coach app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma.

Features include:

  • Reliable information on PTSD and treatments that work.
  • Tools for screening and tracking your symptoms.
  • Convenient, easy-to-use skills to help you handle stress symptoms.
  • Direct links to support and help.
  • Always with you when you need it.

Download the mobile app:

Free PTSD Coach download from:
iTunes* and Android Market*

This month, Gary Trudeau has returned his comic strip Doonesbury to the storyline of Specialist Melissa “Mel” Wheeler and her experiences of sexual harassment and MST while serving as a mechanic in the U. S. military.

The Doonesbury comic can be viewed at, or at The Slate site is searchable and provides background information on the last 30 years of Doonesbury comics.


On the blog , Innocent A-Blogged,  a Morocco Peace Corps Volunteer shared her view on an earlier part of the storyline in Febuary. To read the blog posting, click here.