Many were young. Many have scarified. Many have fought. Many have spent their lives living for this purpose. What are we talking about? We are talking about those that have served in the military.
Within the past six months there has been an outcry for change pertaining to providing benefits for our Veterans. Despite the increase in Veteran benefits especially in mental health services, there has been a tremendous backlog at the Veterans Affairs. Currently, the waiting list is about one year in arrears in getting benefit applications reviewed and approved.
With several Veterans now being deployed the Veterans Affairs are being taxed and extremely overwhelmed in handling disability cases. Yes, the backlog has been reduced by 20% according to President Obama but this isn’t enough according to the President. While the backlog has been a great impact on the lives of those that have served this Country, the suicide rate amongst them is also increasing.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual assault and mental issues are amongst the leading causes of disabled veterans. It is the silent but deadly enemy. Without treatment our Veterans not only hurt themselves but others.
If you see a homeless person on the street they could be a Veteran battling a mental issue or trauma. If you see a person talking to themselves or wishing to harm others they could be a Veteran battling a mental issue or trauma. So my question is “When will it end and how many have to die?” We need a solution now!
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