Trump Veterans and Mental Health

Trump Veterans and Mental Health

Not very long ago when RNC Presidential candidate Donald Trump brought up his 10- point plan to help U.S. military veterans obtain quality mental health assistance many brushed this topic off as not being aof serious concerns.  trump veterans and mental healthIt was thought that Trumps reported numbers were too high. I guess the assumption is that veterans must receive the best care there is is and why not the VA hospitals are managed and financed by the US government, right?

The Donald May be Right!

In speech on July 11th, 2016 Mr. Trump stated,”A shocking 20 veterans are committing suicide each and every day, especially our older veterans.”

Well it turns out that Donald Trumps statement is true according to research done by Politifact, VA.  Politifact found a report filed by the Veterans Administration, (VA).  The VA after checking over 50 million veteran records from 1979 to 2014  found that and average of 7,403 veterans committed suicide.  Thats an average of 20 veteran suicides daily.   So Trump had his facts right (this time) ok thats my only dig and the Donald.

Also found to be true is that the large majority of these veteran suicides in 2014 were 50 or older. Maybe not a surprising number regarding the age since the 75% of the nations vets are 50 years of age or older.

However, looking at the bigger picture younger veterans the study presented have the highest rate of suicide.

The VA admits that the suicide numbers may have decreased a little but that may be because the number of elderly veterans alive is dwindling.  It was reported that those veterans that use the VA hospital services have the lower number of suicide incidents.  Veteran suicides reported for those who do not use the VA services has been reported as high as 38.6%.

I am continuing to look for some concrete reports of Veteran Affairs efforts to 1) reach out to more veterans to insure that the numbers increase regarding using VA services, 2) what evidenced based treatment approaches are being looked at to increase the success rate of treating our veterans with mental health challenges, 3) and last but not least why are we failing our veterans, why are so many not using the VA services?

How do you suggest as a community we can help our veterans? Do you know a veteran that is struggling can you comment below what is working and share the resources below if needed?

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4 thoughts on “Trump Veterans and Mental Health

  • October 8, 2016 at 12:11 pm
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    Hi Lydia,

    I’m a Vietnam vet with ptsd. At one point I was suicidal and treated myself with drugs & alcohol and tried to get help from VA.

    What little help I received actually made me feel worse. So I gave up on them as a resource.

    Thankfully my regular doctor finally linked my various ailments to ptsd. After a lot of different meds and different dosages, we hit upon a combination that’s helped me lived a somewhat ‘normal’ life.

    My story with the VA.
    Edward
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    • October 8, 2016 at 8:20 pm
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      Hi Ed, your story is similar to my first husbands. It took us years to find a doctor that would help him. Some thought he just wanted drugs and won’t listen. The VA hospital was a joke. Finally, like you he got help but it was after years of suffering and using alcohol and drugs to medicate. Isn’t is unfortunate that this is the story of thousands instead of a few. Thank you for sharing your story!

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