New State Program Helps Combat Veterans With Mental Health Issues

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services developed a new program to help veterans returning from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2008 the Wounded Warrior program was developed to give aid to Virginia’s combat veterans not in federal service.

The Wounded Warrior program provides services in conjunction with local community service boards. The district is given money for general counseling care specifically to aid in the treatment of traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s).

Between 2002 and 2009 — 480,324 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans went to the VA for help. Of these, just under half were diagnosed with some sort of mental health disorder and 53% of these were diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Virginia’s veteran population consists largely of reservists and guardsmen. These two groups of people are more likely to have combat-related problems; especially if they have deployed more than once. To make matters worse, there is real difficulty in getting younger combat veterans into therapy because of the stigma attached to psychiatric illnesses.

Additionally, older guardsmen and reservists may experience more mental trauma by being forced to leave families and established lives to deploy. Upon their return, they may have more trouble adjusting back to civilian life because they no longer have the support of fellow soldiers they relied on during their deployment.

These programs are designed to help veterans get much needed help. In order for them to work, however, the veterans need to make the effort to get involved.

Learn more about Virginia helping their returning combat veterans cope with their mental health issues.

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