Veterans

Restore GI Bill benefits for veterans with career-ending PTSD

A recent government study concluded that about 12 percent of service members who left the military between 2011 and 2015 did so with a discharge type that will make them unable to access Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Within that group, more than 55,000 had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or related Read more

Cruz speaks at McKinney town hall

The Texas Republican expressed concern for the U.S. military, national defense and fiscal responsibilities within the government to provide better health care for veterans. Misty Hook, a locally practicing psychologist and small-business owner, expressed her concerns about reimbursement issues as a health care professional caring for veterans and their mental health in a system where Read more

As the VA starts mental health care for ‘bad paper’ veterans, critics say it’s not enough

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday that it would begin offering emergency mental health services to veterans with other-than-honorable discharges. The change acknowledges the population of veterans has been denied needed care, but it doesn’t go far enough, according to a statement from Vietnam Veterans of America, which has advocated for years on behalf Read more

Combining mental and physical health improves outcomes for primary care patients

It is often thought that primary care clinics are only able to help with physical health challenges, but a new study shows that this may not be the case. Researchers found that brief cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) delivered in the primary care setting helped improve not only physical functioning but also symptoms of depression and Read more

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