Executive Order Expected To Boost Veterans’ Benefit Resources

August 31, 2012

Countless soldiers have returned home from service overseas suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Many of these soldiers turn to drinking or drugs to self-medicate, but this often leads to further issues with substance abuse. Now, there may be more help coming from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) for soldiers suffering from both mental health issues and substance abuse problems.

The Las Cruces Sun-News stated that sources from the White House have said President Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order that will give more federal resources to the VA so that they may improve the availability of Veterans Disability Benefits nationwide by:

  • Boosting the number of VA mental-health professionals
  • Improving suicide prevention rates
  • Nurturing cohesion and teamwork between the VA and local mental-health professionals
  • Creating research opportunities for improving the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues

The order comes on the heels of an announcement made by the president earlier this year that the VA had approved more claims than ever before, yet millions of claims continued to pour in with most waiting years for approval or being outright denied.

The Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers with the McDivitt Law Firm want veterans to know that help is there for you, even if your claim for benefits is awaiting approval or has been denied in the past. Get in touch with us today so that we can discuss your legal options!

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