The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs are granting $107 million to learn more about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an effort to help treat the hundreds of thousands of veterans and families who have been affected by PTSD and TBI.
More and more is being learned about these complex and complicated disorders. Between April 2012 and June 2013, the VA hired more than 1,600 mental health professionals, no doubt a step in the right direction. Nevertheless, a stigma about mental disabilities appears to remain in place, and this stigma may prevent those in need of care from seeking care. A recent study of troops indicated that 40% felt that seeking help for PTSD could damage their careers, thus making them unlikely to seek treatment.
Goals for Better PTSD and TBI Treatment
But bringing more light to these conditions will not only help to erase the stigma associated with treatment for mental conditions, it will also help treat these conditions early on and possibly prevent the conditions from becoming chronic. For many veterans, including those from the Vietnam era whose conditions went untreated for years and even decades, treatment remedies are extremely necessary toward living a normal life. The $107 million will go towards developing diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation strategies. A significant amount will be spent towards investigating the impact of concussions that result from TBI.
Legal Help for Veterans Suffering from PTSD and TBI
If you or your loved one has been struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury and are interested in learning more about obtaining benefits, please do not hesitate to contact a veterans disability advocate from our firm by calling 855-855-8992 or requesting a case evaluation. We represent veterans from all military branches and serve clients nationwide.