For service members returning home from combat, PTSD diagnoses are commonplace and extensive. But one VA psychologist argues that the complications of PTSD compound to create a ‘moral injury’ — one that requires a community, not a clinic, in order to heal.
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Nearly 5 years after the Post-9/11 GI Bill went into effect, there’s no authoritative data on its progress. But this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs and student-veteran groups are pairing up to change that.
For years, advocates have warned of a looming shortage of mental health professionals to care for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which experts say have been particularly hazardous to mental health.
The research out of Boston University presents what is perhaps the most solid evidence yet that repetitive head injuries can lead to to chronic brain disease.
In this episode of the PINcast, we talk to PIN editorial team reporters Jeff Severns Guntzel and Samara Freemark about their ongoing coverage of the long waits that veterans have to endure as they apply for disability benefits.
“No veteran should have to wait months or years for the benefits that you’ve earned,” President Obama said in his Veterans Day speech, “so we will continue to attack the claims backlog.”
The VA has set a goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015. But the department’s backlog in disability claims processing can mean long waits for life-changing compensation.
We’ve been reporting on wait times at Veterans Affairs offices for a few months now, and we’d like you to listen to a few things we’ve heard and tell us how they do (or don’t) correspond with your experience.
More than 800,000 claims for disability benefits are languishing in the VA’s overstretched system. Veterans — often young — waiting on their claims can find themselves in desperate financial straits. A fund in Arizona acts as a stopgap to get them through.
Both stories keep the focus on the human stories behind the numbers.