As more and more details about the treatment of our veterans by the Veterans Administration (VA) emerge, it becomes clearer and clearer that the systematic failure to provide care is a national crisis. Much of the focus so far has been on those who died or were seriously harmed because their physical conditions were not treated, but they are not the only victims.
A recent investigation by the National Academy of Sciences has revealed that the VA has also consistently failed to provide mental health services for returning vets, and that 44 percent of those whose treatment was delayed suffer from a major psychiatric condition. Without proper care, many of these individuals took their own lives. Numbers show that veterans already commit suicide at twice the rate of the general population, and the number has been trending up.
Physical conditions are usually easier to spot than mental health issues, but it is important that we do everything we can for loved ones who are suffering from either. If you or a loved one is a veteran, be sure you look out for early warning signs of mental health problems, including:
- social withdrawal
- changes in sleep patterns
- loss of interest in day-to-day activities
- changes in behavior patterns
If you or someone you love has suffered because of the failures of the Veterans Administration, or the failures of any other medical providers, it is difficult to move on and try to forget. These problems continue to build and build until thousands are affected—unless someone has the courage to stand up and help you in your efforts. A reputable law firm can help you determine just what you can do to make a positive change.