Veterans Mental Health Issues Igniting Destructive Behavior
In recent years, 2 of the major concerns with military mental health have been suicide attempts and violent conduct. In the latest report, from the Associated Press, shows that while there has been an improvement in suicide rates among soldiers, the occurrence of violent crimes in the Army have increased.
During the previous fiscal year, 304 suicides were reported among active duty, Guard, and Reserve members. The fiscal report that ended in September 2011 reported a decrease of 26 suicides.
Unfortunately, the trend for domestic violence, sex crimes, and other violent crimes has shown a dramatic increase. Compared to a 2006 report, instances of violent sex crimes and domestic violence increased more than 30%, and child abuse was reported increasing 43%.
Protecting a soldiers’ mental health while on active duty is an important factor in how they may fair when returning to civilian life as a military veteran. Many veterans who are not properly cared for during active service and given resources for mental health following their discharge can develop mental disabilities.
Disabled veterans who suffer from psychological disorders, such as PTSD, may be able to seek veterans’ disability benefits to find help in diagnosing and treating their condition.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.