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Expanded Long Term Mental Health Care for Veterans

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Each year, Congress introduces and passes more bills that address active military and veterans healthcare needs. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury (TBI), suicide prevention and suicide response, as well hospice care, medical services, and nursing home care for any mental illness attributed to wartime service, are all issues the federal government is addressing with the following bills, for military servicemembers in need.

COMBAT PTSD is an acronym for Compensation Owed for Mental Health Based on Activities in Theater Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Act.

The COMBAT PTSD Act, introduced in 2009, recognized that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a serious issue affecting many military servicemembers and veterans. The Federal bill clarifies the syndrome, in order that veterans may receive the healthcare needed to support them

H.R. 952: COMBAT PTSD Act, introduced Feb 10th 2009, sets a definition for "combat with the enemy," in order to award military service members with service-connected disability compensation.

Combat with the enemy is defined as service performed while serving on active duty, in combat operations during war; or in combat against a hostile force during a hostile period.

H.R. 1701: PTSD/TBI Guaranteed Review For Heroes Act, introduced March 25 2009
charges a review board, under the Secretary of Defense, to re-examine the discharge or dismissal of a military service member if they were discharged dishonorably, or have been diagnosed with PTSD or traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The review process may be requested up to 15 years after a military discharge, by the military service member, their surviving spouse, a legal representative, or a Member of Congress. After a review, the board may change the discharge or dismissal of the military service member to an honorable discharge.

S. 3425: Embedded Mental Health Providers for Reserves Act of 2010, introduced May 26 2010 guarantees military Reserves performing inactive-duty access to on-site mental health assessments by a licensed professional. In addition, military service members are required to have access to behavioral health support programs that include suicide prevention, suicide response, and psychological health programs.

Embedded Mental Health Providers act also sets standardized privacy and security rules for all mental health services provided to military veterans.

H.R. 1544: Veterans Mental Health Accessibility Act, introduced March 17 2009, opens up eligibility to veterans of U.S. wars for hospice care, medical services, and nursing home care for any mental illness attributed to wartime service.

Eligible veterans are those who were active duty service members during the following wars: World War II, the Korean conflict, the Vietnam era, the Persian Gulf War, Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom, any war post-Persian Gulf, or hostile forces during a period of hostilities.

H.R. 1546: Caring for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 2009, introduced March 17, 2009, charges Veterans Affairs to create the Committee on Care of Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury within the VHA. The goals of the committee are to continually assess the treatment and rehabilitation needs of military veterans with traumatic brain injury, and evaluate whether the VHA is meeting their mental health needs.



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