We recently handled a suicide case for a family of a Marine who came home from Iraq broken. The senseless suicide of a veteran demonstrates that the mental health care that is needed is just not readily available. The VA knows this and the military knows this. However, you can not just order that it stop. You have to provide the health care resources and support. Read this article where a General essentially ordered the troops to stop committing suicide. Let’s hope the base provides the other support necessary.
Archive for April, 2010
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Shortly we will have a link posted on our website to make the connection even easier!
Congress has now passed legislation for wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans that would establish an unprecedented permanent program to support the caregivers of wounded warriors, improve health care for veterans in rural areas, help VA adapt to the needs of women veterans, and expand supportive services for homeless veterans. The President must sign the legislation. It is a step in the right direction.
Do you read articles about veteran and military matters and wonder why is this news? You know, like the VA system is broken. No kidding. Or the cost of military health care (and veteran health care) is on the rise. Is that really news? We deal with veterans and the VA everyday, so I guess it is not news to us but maybe it is to the general public. That is how I felt after reading this USA Today article.