After 16 Years Of War, VA Struggling To Provide Veterans With Adequate Mental Health Services
The Department of Veterans Affairs' problems with red tape and staff burnout, among other issues, have impeded about half of the veterans who need mental health services from getting support, a report finds.
Half Of Post-9/11 Vets Aren’t Getting Mental Health Care, Report Says
About half of U.S. veterans who served during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq don’t get the mental health care they need, according to a new report that recommends changes to improve the care delivered by the Veterans Affairs health system. While many veterans receive good mental health care through the VA, it’s inconsistent across the system, according to the report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine—nonprofit institutions that inform public policy. The detailed, 439-page assessment of the VA’s mental health services was ordered by Congress in 2013 and completed by a committee of 18 academics. (Tozzi, 1/31)
Veterans Aren't Always Getting Mental Care They Urgently Need, Report Finds
Thomas Burke Jr., a Marine who returned from tours in Afghanistan and Iraq to attend Yale Divinity School, has also done three tours in the Veterans Health Administration for mental health care and says he's experienced mixed results. Burke, 28, served in the infantry. He said his first counselor, in 2011, didn't have much experience with combat veterans and wasn't much help. In 2012, he clicked with his second counselor, who "really cared and took time to get to know me and gave me enough of a baseline to productively go through my academics." Before becoming a minister and providing mental care of his own, he tried to get back into counseling. But it was a "very negative experience," he said. (Christensen, 2/1)