VA Providing Better Mental Health Care for Veterans

According to an article in The Air Force Times, however, there are still a significant amount of veterans not receiving the necessary care because of barriers preventing that care. For those veterans with disabilities not receiving care, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) stresses the importance of getting help.

Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operating Enduring Freedom have produced about 2.6 million veterans. The Government Accountability Office recently released a report stating that just over 8% of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan looked to the VA for help with mental health issues between 2006 and 2010.

Many veterans refuse to seek help because they have privacy concerns. For others, it’s a lack of knowledge about the services’ existence, or the distance they have to travel to get help. For younger veterans, there may still be a perception about using VA services, i.e., they’re only for “older veterans.” These younger veterans are often also attempting to satisfy other priorities in their lives, and spending time at the VA isn’t the most pressing.

The VA has made changes in how it screens for mental health conditions, and those changes have resulted in the VA recognizing more mental health conditions.  Between 2006 and 2010, the VA diagnosed 96,916 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder. The types of injuries facing younger veterans are diagnosed and treated in different ways than in previous years and should get the needed help.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veterans disability rights firm today 1-855-855-8992.