New York Area Veterans Getting Lost In The System

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Nearly a quater of the 85,000 veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from mental health disorders, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation.

WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reports

New York State Health Foundation president James Knickman says what’s troubling is that more than 40 percent of them don’t know how to get help.
“The model of the Veterans Administration is they are there to help when people come to them,” Knickman told WCBS 880 reporter Monica Miller. When you have a subtle, but intense problem like post traumatic stress disorder, you need to be brought to services.”

LINK: Read the RAND Study

Knickman says the study also found almost half of them prefer to receive services in the community rather than through the VA system.

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  • t00intense

    My cousin came back from serving two tours in Iraq. He was medically discharged from the Army almost a year ago. He tried to get treatment for the PTSD that forced him to cut his career short from the VA. They turned him down 4 times saying they couldn’t verify if the PTSD could be attributed to his tours in Iraq. We had to place him in a private facility so he can receive the help he needs. Regardless of advocates stepping up to help his case the VA keeps rejecting his appeals. We are forced now to go for legal help to get his rightful benefits. How can the Military continue to lie to the men and women who put their lives on the line with promises they’ll be taken care of. Now Gates wants to reduce the benefits that most veterans can’t even receive even more because the Government doesn’t know how to manage its budget wisely. Shame on the Govt. and the Military – the men and women who serve willingly deserve better than to be treated like garbage.

  • Shirley Schumacher

    I seriously doubt they would have enlisted to go to war, and they had an extensive physical upon enlisting most probelms would have been discovered then. We need to show our appreciation and the VA really needs to step up and take care of these men and women.. I’m a mother of one of these soldiers and he has had to fight for everything he’s recieved since returning from Afghanisten in 2004.

    • Charlie

      “and they had an extensive physical upon enlisting most problems would have been discovered then”
      Not so fast! The quality of the entrance exam varies, according to the needs. When the military needs “cannon fodder”, the entrance exams are often less that they should be.

  • nyc

    How do we know if they had mental health issues prior to serving ?

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