The goal is simple in theory, not in practice. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) plans on providing the very best dedicated, focused, and expert care for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and other problematic health issues. Like everything else, however, this can only be done with money. Included in President Obama’s proposed fiscal 2012 budget is a $7.2 billion earmark to subsidize research into what have been dubbed the “invisible wounds” of this war, PTSD and TBI.
The VA already has plans to spend $6 billion to improve its care specifically for PTSD, TBI, and mental health disorders alone. Their budget request is 14.6%, or $765 million, higher than what they were given last year for more explicit treatment. Last year the VA’s budget for mental health care included substance abuse, mental health care for homeless veterans, inpatient treatment, PTSD, and TBI treatment.
Within the money allocated for the VA’s 2012 budget to advance and develop PTSD and TBI care is money specifically to sustain multiple programs in cooperation with the Department of Defense (DoD) and outreach to veterans. Additionally, they will all work together to develop new but yet undetermined treatments. This program boasts it will “lay the groundwork for psychological treatment” for future veterans.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.