VA Protocols For Monitoring Depression Are Faulted
The Veterans Affairs Department does a poor job of tracking and caring for vets who are prescribed antidepressants and who may be at risk of suicide, according to a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Meanwhile, those who leave the service early as a result of sexual trauma are pushing for benefits.
The VA Incorrectly Reports Suicide Data And Does A Poor Job Of Tracking Vets At Risk, GAO Finds
Despite heightened awareness of military suicides, the Department of Veterans Affairs is incorrectly reporting suicide data and does a poor job of tracking and caring for vets at risk who are prescribed antidepressants, according to a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. (Brunswick, 1/5)
The Washington Post:
Veterans Discharged After Sexual Trauma Push For VA Health Benefits
It took Navy Airman Apprentice Elena M. Giordano nine years to finally be granted service-connected disability compensation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the post-traumatic stress disorder she suffered after multiple sexual assaults. Until recently, she was also not eligible for any VA medical care or other benefits because she was told she did not serve long enough. (Wax-Thibodeaux, 1/6)