Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Applauds VA Decision to Increase Mental Health Practitioners

April 2012

Washington, DC - This week the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will be increasing its staff of mental health professionals by approximately 1,900. The Jewish War Veterans of USA (JWV) strongly approves of this decision.

As more veterans return to the US, it is important that the VA provides adequate access to mental health care. For veterans suffering from the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress, the VA is a vital component of their ongoing treatment. The addition of 1,900 mental health professionals will ensure that more veterans receive quality care from the VA.

The VA currently has a mental health staff of approximately 29,500. The new staff will consist of 1,600 psychologists, psychiatrists, and nurses and 300 supporting staff members.

JWV calls on both the VA and Congress to continue to address the health needs of returning veterans. It is imperative that new veterans are able to undergo the treatments they need without falling through the cracks.

About Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Founded in 1896, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America is the oldest active veterans’ organization in America. JWV is dedicated to upholding America’s democratic traditions and fighting bigotry, prejudice, injustice, and discrimination of all kinds. As a national organization, JWV represents the voice of America’s Jewish veterans on issues related to veterans’ benefits, foreign policy, and national security. JWV also commits itself to the assistance of oppressed Jews worldwide.

 

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