Lawsuit Seeks Better Mental Health Care For Veterans

April 21, 2008 07:01 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
On April 21, a judge will hear a lawsuit filed by retired veterans that demands more comprehensive mental health care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

30-Second Summary

Veterans United for Truth has filed a lawsuit in federal court that claims that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can’t keep up with veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq who have post-traumatic stress disorder and other problems.

A judge will hear the suit on April 21 in San Francisco. According to Reuters, the plaintiffs hope the judge will “order broad changes in the administration of veterans' benefits or perhaps even appoint an outside administrator to oversee changes.”
If the VA denies benefits, veterans currently can’t do much about it, and they have “no legal right to specific types of medical care,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“Their attitude is not what can we do to help you,” Barbara Bachmeier told Reuters; Bachman, 54, is an Army veteran who said she received inadequate treatment after being raped and sexually harassed during the 1980s.

The trial starts a week after a Rand Corporation report suggests that nearly a fifth of veterans coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq might have post-traumatic stress disorder or depression.

Depression and anxiety are problems veterans commonly report upon returning from active duty, but they aren’t the only ones who could be affected. Web guides created by findingDulcinea can help people learn about mental health issues, and where to find help.

Headline Links: ‘Distressed war veterans get day in court’

Key Players: Veterans United For Truth

Reference: Rand report, anxiety and depression, mental health


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