The Invisible Wound of War: Access to Mental Health Care

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.

Just a veteran, looking for a little help.

And…. Oh no! Page not found?

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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.

And….

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“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.

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  1. Kendall Christianson IV says:

    It tis to little disbelief that I read such a incredulous reports from Mr Obama’s “Executive Order 13625″. Hopefully these dubious errors will be rectified very soon!

  2. Mo Tinkleton says:

    Shame, shame! Our veterans need competent help, not some government hoola-hoop!

  3. riester vergleich says:

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  4. Gabriel Odom says:

    This is embarrassing. How is it that the most advanced fighting force in the world can’t even take care of their troops?

  5. Patel says:

    Wow, this is terrible. Why hasn’t this garnered more attention?

  6. Andrew says:

    I’ve heard so many stories of how veterans suffer from inadequate treatment and VA inefficiencies. This is just another testament of how incompetent the VA has become over the years.

  7. Desai says:

    The people who probably have the most mental baggage are the ones who are denied basic access to mental health professionals. This is a tragedy.

  8. Saket says:

    Dude, I think you might have better chances through Oprah Winfrey’s website. Good luck!

  9. Paket says:

    Just yesterday there was a hearing on the budget for the VA for 2014, it be interesting to see if this issues has come to light.