Though mental health has at its core the best interests of those working through their difficulties, it is often set back by issues in regulation, administration, funding, and other aspects which have little to do with the process of healing itself. Such complications can lead to delays in treatment, which can in turn become major issues when those in need of professional help are left unassisted. This problem is the focus of a lawsuit being brought against the Department of Veterans Affairs by veterans themselves, who claim that treatment is largely inaccessible and inadequate, and that previous efforts in negotiations have fallen short of effecting any meaningful change.
Those who are deployed in war are indicated for a fairly high risk of both physical and mental health injuries. Aside from experiencing painful and potentially permanent physical disabilities, many veterans return from active duty with a great deal of mental and emotional stress, and may develop symptoms of mental health issues as a result. Proper identification and treatment of such issues is often crucial to ensuring personal happiness and prosperity throughout the course of life, but many veterans point to difficulties in affording such treatment and long waiting lists for therapy and other services as hindering the potential for healing.
While the courts have expressed a lack of authority in the matter, they have pledged to work with the veterans as well as the VA to try and create an agreement should the parties fail to reach one on their own. As the VA has stated that it suspects resolution is unlikely, the issue may be wrapped up in legal proceedings for quite some time. Hopefully, in the end, this will lead to more appropriate and competent treatment for veterans.
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