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The Unmet Mental Health Needs of Veterans

Recent studies suggest that Veteran’s are not receiving, nor being provided with, care for mental health disabilities. The transition from military to civilian life is a difficult one, more so when adequate mental health services are not readily available. Many Veterans suffer from PTSD, depression, or additional conditions stemming from traumatic brain injuries. This is particularly pervasive amongst those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A study published by the Clinical Psychology Review narrows in on what they have called “transition stress”. This type of stress is believed to be more widely experienced by separated military members, yet less discussed by the general public and health professionals. It was cited that “44% to 72% of Veterans experience high levels of stress during the transition to civilian life, including difficulties securing employment, interpersonal difficulties during employment, conflicted relations with family, friends, and broader interpersonal relations…”.

Although transition stress may not be as debilitating as disorders such as PTSD, the psychological and behavioral implications are undeniable. The research suggests that further studies must be done to fully understand the prevalence of this type of stress, as well as ways to minimize its effects for Veterans.

The second study was published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. This research was conducted to examine health issues that are common amongst Veterans, and the subsequent need for mental health care services. The findings revealed that there is substantial need for these services that are currently not being provided or promoted.

Many Veterans in need are weary about seeking mental health care because they do not know where to start, the process of going through the VA can often be frustrating, or they fear being stigmatized because of these issues. These problems may be resolved with just a few simple changes. First and foremost, the accessibility of high-quality mental health care for Veterans is a must. Secondly, these services must be promoted to drive public awareness. Lastly, by using innovative tactics such as online care, Veterans may be more likely to receive the guidance they need.

How Can Victory Disability Help?

Both Social Security and VA benefits may be awarded to those suffering from mental disabilities. If you are a Veteran and are interested in applying for benefits with the help of an Attorney, call 1-866-350-7229 or take our SSDI evaluation to see if you qualify.