“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.”- Eleanor Roosevelt
Our mission is simple.We help veterans in every aspect of life to help them become a contributing member of society. Whether a new veteran returning from war or a veteran that served 40 years ago, each of these heroes fight their own demons in different ways and deserve to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Some of the most significant are health related. A considerable number of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), with about one in five experiencing a mild form of TBI commonly known as a concussion. Other common problems include posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, problematic alcohol use, and thoughts of suicide. Many veterans suffer from more than one health condition.
In addition, many women and men experienced sexual trauma, including harassment and assaults, while in the military. That can have both mental and physical effects.
In many ways, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), which provides health care to a great number of veterans, offers care that is as good as or better than that provided by private or non-VHA public practices. But the accessibility and quality of services vary across the system. Several studies have shown, for example, that a large number of veterans don’t receive any treatment following diagnoses of posttraumatic stress disorder, substance use disorder, or depression. Many veterans don’t know how to apply for veterans’ mental health care benefits, are unsure if they are eligible, or are unaware that mental health care benefits are available.
Yes. Veterans have reported other barriers to seeking VHA health care services, including:
The troops engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan have included more women, parents of young children, and reserve and National Guard troops than in previous conflicts. Troops have been younger, more diverse, and have had a wider range of family backgrounds. They often served longer deployments with shorter intervals at home between missions.
What's the impact of those differences?
The greater diversity of recent troops has created new kinds of needs among veterans. For example, women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have a higher need for mental health care compared with women who served in other wars, likely due to the differences in the types of roles they had in the military. They are also more likely than male veterans to believe that they are not entitled to or eligible for veterans’ mental health services. Similarly, tailoring treatment to racial, ethnic, sexual minority, and homeless groups has been a challenge.
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