19 Apr '12, 10pm

IAVA applauds the @DeptVetAffairs plan to hire 1,900 more mental health staffers. See our full statement:

“Decreasing veterans’ wait times for mental health counseling and support is absolutely critical but it’s just one component of a larger issue. The VA is already facing a nationwide shortage of skilled mental health professionals with vacancy rates exceeding 20 percent in some areas of the country. For years, IAVA has urged the President to issue a national call to service for more mental health professionals—now is the time to take action. Our generation of veterans also needs to see VA Secretary Shinseki front and center in the community, vocally pushing back against the stigma of invisible wounds and promoting the VA’s resources. In addition, the VA needs to break the claims backlog so vets can actually get their foot in the door at their local VAs. Recent revelations about the Oakland VA underscore the need for more staffing and the urgency of an electronic records sys...

Full article: http://iava.org/blog/iava-applauds-va-plan-expand-mental-...

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