Monday, June 18, 2018

Veterans in rural areas screwed out of care for PTSD

President Trump loves to say that his administration is giving veterans a choice on their care. For some strange reason, veterans would rather have the VA to be there for them.

This was on the Huffington Post and it shows what veterans are expected to merge into! A system that cannot even take care of the civilians. The difference is that the Congress is responsible for the way veterans get, or are denied, their healthcare.

Remember, these veterans became disabled serving our country. This is the equivalent of turning their backs on our veterans!!

And now you may have  a clue as to why this "Choice" thing is shafting veterans. 

Rural areas have the highest suicide rate and the fewest mental health

There isn’t a single psychiatrist in 65 percent of nonmetropolitan counties, and there’s no psychologist in almost half of them.
Rural areas have the highest suicide rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as a high concentration of veterans, who experience higher rates of suicide than nonveterans. Rates of drug overdoses in rural areas have surpassed those in metropolitan areas. There are also more elderly people, who are often socially isolated and at risk for depression, said Ron Manderscheid, executive director of the National Association for Rural Mental Health.
Elderly veterans are the majority of veterans committing suicide! 65% are over the age of 50!

So, if you're a veteran and live in a rural area of the country, the government told you that the VA cannot help you, so you have to go to a private practice. Oops! Did they think of checking on that one first?

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