The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is in the middle of changing how they operate, which has improved the services offered to veterans. In order to access those services and benefits, however, veterans must be aware of them.
The VA is banking on the younger generation’s proclivity to embrace technology. The VA is using such platforms as smartphones and other “web-enabled applications” to reach out to younger veterans to alert them to the VA’s offered services and benefits.
For veterans with mental health issues, these efforts will likely prove critical. More than 400,000 veterans were given treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) last year alone. Over the last couple of years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of veterans seeking out VA provided mental health care. This is why it is so important to connect with veterans on the veterans’ terms, where they are comfortable. Many of the younger generation are comfortable in cyberspace.
Recently developed smartphone apps offer self-assessment tools for veterans’ use. It is hoped such programs will convince those veterans in need of help to seek it out, although that app was initially designed to help with managing symptoms in hard times while allowing them to track their symptoms.
The VA also added an anonymous chat feature to their crisis line, for those who feel more comfortable communicating through chat. The only way to successfully reach out to veterans where they are is to reach out in mediums with which they are comfortable. This is especially true when dealing with veterans suffering with mental conditions strongly associated with negative stigmas.
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.