Saturday, May 12, 2018

Who is taking care of the majority of those in need the longest?

This headline is misleading. This mental health clinic for veterans and families is, "All post-9/11 veterans and their families are eligible for treatment, regardless of insurance or the ability to pay."

It is great for them, but not for the majority of the veterans needing help and waiting the longest to get it. 65% of the known veteran suicides are over the age of 50, yet these veterans are ignored by groups popping up all over the country.

This is a great idea and worthy effort by Steven Cohen to try to take care of these veterans, but who is taking care of the majority of those in need the longest?

A billionaire is opening a new mental health center in Colorado to treat veterans and their families
The Denver Post
John Ingold
May 11, 2018
“It’s the family that’s the primary support system for the veteran,” said Gillian Kaag, who holds a doctorate in psychology and is the Denver clinic’s director.

About half of U.S. military veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan don’t receive the mental health treatment they need, and the vast Veterans Health Administration system often doesn’t offer care for veterans’ families or for many veterans who were not honorably discharged.

So, on Monday, a new clinic funded by one of the nation’s wealthiest men and linked with the University of Colorado will officially open in Greenwood Village to help meet the need.

“I think we’ll be able to get folks in and get them the help they need when they’re motivated to seek it,” said Anthony Hassan, the CEO of the Cohen Veterans Network.

The Cohen Veterans Network is the charitable project of Steven A. Cohen, a former hedge fund titan who, with an estimated net worth of $11 billion, is ranked by Forbes as the 133rd-richest person in the world. In 2016 — at the urging of his son, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran — Cohen pledged $275 million to build a network of veterans clinics across the country.
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