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. It 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?
Another article that may interest you Soldiers Don’t Cry A Sexual Abuse Report
**If you enjoyed this post and found it helpful Comment below and Share on your favorite social media site.**
Richmond Times Dispatch