Veterans’ advocates claim the Federal government must provide better medical care for soldiers returning from overseas combat deployments. For the advocates it is not the quality of the care that is in question; rather, it is the ability to handle the sheer volume of claims being filed.
Mental health is a very hot issue with veterans’ advocacy groups and one does not have to look far to see evidence of why this is so. Besides the recent events at Fort Hood, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are the most common injuries being reported. Possibly more disturbing, however, is that combat veteran suicides are at an all time high. It is not difficult to see why veterans’ advocacy groups put so much effort into ensuring there is proper mental health care available to returning veterans.
An already overburdened health care system and news of 30,000 more troops being deployed have advocacy groups fearful that the veteran’s medical care system will become more bogged down; despite President Obama’s proposed VA funding over the next 5 years.