Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Mental Health Care for Veterans Overhauled
Health care in the United States is in itself being worked on continuously. It has taken some time for Veteran's benefits to become an issue of concern in the public media. Mental health concerns such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) have risen as Veterans have been returning from recent deployments, and they have been a concern as far back as the 1970's. While PTSD can be traced as far back as the Civil War, the ability of instant media has brought current concerns for mental health care into the public view.
Advocacy groups such as Veterans United for Truth have been outraged by the mental health care that has been available for all Veterans and the difficulties faced with the health care. Within the 6 month time span of October 2007 to April 2008, 1,467 Veterans committed suicide while waiting for their appeals for health benefits to be processed. It is numbered that up to 18 Veterans a day commit suicide in one day as it has been the 3rd highest killer in the military since 2008. Mental health concerns with Veterans are not only limited to suicide, there have been various concerns regarding mental health treatment and care for Veterans mounted over the years. Concerns such as domestic violence, legal concerns, substance abuse, and other ailments can be correlated to mental health issues. These are concerns that have been present for many years but now have become more of a concern with rising media capabilities.