According to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), Coaching into Care is a service for caregivers, family members, and friends of veterans to help them help disabled veterans. The phone-based campaign is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m to 8 p.m. EST at 1-888-823-7458 (toll free) or online at www.mirecc.va.gov/coaching/ and will connect a concerned individual with resources they can use to encourage their veteran to look into health care and veterans’ disability benefits.
A 39% increase in the VA’s mental health care budget since 2009 has allowed more resources such as Coaching into Care to reach out. With 300 clinics, crisis lines, and programs integrating veteran mental health care into primary care facilities, the VA offers numerous opportunities for veterans to tap into their health services.
One of the main reasons many veterans struggle to cope with disabling service-connected conditions is that they are either reluctant to seek treatment or are unaware that they have the right to medical care and disability benefits through the VA. With the help of their friends and family, it is the VA’s hope that these veterans will be persuaded to seek treatment and improve their lives.
While the Coaching into Care initiative is a part of the VA’s overall mental health program, it is important any veteran with a service-connected disability seek help obtaining the care and benefits they are entitled to. A veterans’ disability attorney can be of great help to these veterans in need. Helping them connect with a local attorney is one of the best things a concerned friend or family member can do for their loved ones.
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.