Veterans Mental Health: New Nursing Training Program for Better Care

Posted on February 19, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Improving care and treatment for service-related conditions and disabilities is an important focus of the Joining Forces White House initiative, which celebrates its 1-year anniversary this month. The latest announcement from the initiative is the new nurse education campaign, which seeks to train more than 3 million nurses in military-specific mental health care and treatment.

Over the next few years, the curriculum for this program will be implemented at nursing schools and medical organizations across the nation. The lessons focus on identifying, diagnosing, and treating conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, mental conditions developed from traumatic brain injury, and other “invisible wounds” associated with military service.

A benefit, of this new training that may be seen more immediately in the field of veteran health care, is that the American Nurses Association is able to release the curriculum to medical journals and other professional development resources for physicians already working with military patients.

Veterans who suffer from psychological conditions often find it difficult to obtain a diagnosis and disability rating to qualify them for veterans’ disability benefits. With this new training in place, it can give veterans a better chance of obtaining the accurate diagnosis and rating that can grant benefits to those who desperately need them.

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.