Veterans helping fill gaps in vets’ mental health care

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has stepped up efforts to expand care and recently announced plans to hire 1,600 more mental health professionals and 300 support staff members to help meet the increasing demand for services.

But some former active-duty service members aren’t waiting for help to arrive.

Veterans have turned to psychology to become mental health professionals, and they’re filling in gaps in veteran care that government and civilian efforts have left open. And while they are still rare, programs to train them are slowly emerging at universities and nonprofit organizations around the United States.

Read more about how  some veterans’ experiences are leading them to mental health-related jobs.

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