When Gulf War veteran Sean Duvall called a suicide crisis line run by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) he never expected his mention of having a homemade gun would land him in federal court.
According to The Washington Post, during his call, he told the crisis hotline that he had a gun and when police arrived to intervene they found him in possession of a firearm made from a pipe and other materials. Duvall was admitted to a psychiatric treatment center for depression and a week later found himself facing criminal charges of manufacturing a gun and carrying a concealed weapon without a license. Duvall made a deal with the court to seek counseling in order for the charges to be dropped.
One of the ways veterans may avoid suicide issues is to seek help for mental disabilities that may be causing the problem. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety are some of the mental health issues many veterans suffer, and even physical problems, such as chronic pain or amputation can also give rise to suicide attempts.
U.S. veterans deserve access to quality medical care and support to avoid these disabling conditions that often come after service in stressful situations. When a veteran is diagnosed with a mental or physical condition that renders them disabled they can qualify for veterans’ disability benefits that can grant them access to financial support and resources through the VA.
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.