Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: We agree with Dr Boiko that grieving is important among war veterans. However, our study could not feasibly address all possible components of the deployment experience and did not investigate grieving specifically. Work tailored to the complex experience of grieving and its relationship to neuropsychological outcomes will be welcomed.
We agree with Dr Hoge that deployed soldiers' performances on neuropsychological tasks are generally encouraging, but an important strength of our study is the availability of a nondeployed comparison sample. We believe that our interpretation of the results was correct.
Vasterling JJ, Proctor SP, Amoroso P, Kane R, Heeren T, White RF. Deployment to the Iraq War and Neuropsychological Sequelae—Reply. JAMA. 2006;296(22):2678-2680. doi:10.1001/jama.296.22.2679