As more soldiers return from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has seen a drastic increase in the number of veterans seeking psychiatric care for a variety of service-related mental conditions. With the VA health system lacking in psychiatric professionals, a new plan has been put into action to hire more staff to support the growing need for mental health services.
The VA announced an initiative to hire an additional 1,900 mental health staffers to add to their current workforce of more than 20,000 employees. Of the 1,900, 1,600 will be nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers, while the remaining 300 will be support staff to help the backlogged mental health care programs.
At many VA hospitals and clinics, a veteran may be waiting for weeks or months for appointments with a mental health professional. Delays between sessions can stall the treatment process or leave a veteran waiting for care as their symptoms persist and worsen.
With waiting times still exceeding the normal levels at most VA facilities, it is important that veterans seek their rightful benefits as soon as possible, which is where an attorney can help.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-888-234-5758.