p>There has been a lot of concern (rightly so) recently over the “Invisible Wounds of War,” especially amongst those rabble rousers in the congressional committies for veterans affairs. They’re very much concerned with the quality, access and timeliness of mental health care for veterans. Congressional testimony less than a month ago praised the VA for their Community Based Outpatient Clinic programs, and expressed serious concern over the rate of veteran suicide, which is nearly one every hour. So in the spirit of quality research, I followed the breadcrumbs of a veteran looking to find mental health services in his area. What I found was remarkable, but sadly, not surprising.
So! Here is me on the suicide prevention page of the Department of Veteran Affairs website. Being a disabled vet myself, I know how
avoidant we can be, and we prefer to see someone face to face rather than use Tele-health. I’ll just input my zip code here on the right.
And…. Oh no! Page not found?
Well, being the emotionally stable good samaritan that I am, I would like to contact the VA and let them know that they should fix this problem.
“This page can’t be displayed.”
Apparently they can’t help me, and certainly do not want to be notified of the problem. Try it out for yourself. Hopefully they’ll get enough hits to actually solve this problem. But so far, it looks like Obama’s Executive Order 13625, which is designed to “Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans…” is working out about as well as the rest of his VA initiatives.