VA taking steps to help veterans identify PTSD with online initiative
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder announced an online initiative intended to help veterans recognize symptoms of PTSD and encourage them to seek treatment.
The program, called AboutFace, will launch this month in conjunction with PTSD Awareness Month. Veterans will be shown how PTSD affects veterans from all eras as well as their families.
“We must do all we can to help veterans identify possible indicators that they may be suffering from PTSD,” said secretary of veterans affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “It requires a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to be effective. We hope that this initiative, while just one aspect of our program, will play an important role in that effort.”
The VA says it provided mental health services to 1.3 million veterans last year and increased its mental health care budget by 39 percent since 2009.