One in five active duty military personnel have experienced symptoms of depression, PTSD or another mental health condition according to an advocacy group’s new report, Parity for Patriots: The Mental Health Needs of Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, also known as NAMI, is advocating for the military to recognize psychological wounds such as post traumatic stress disorder with a Purple Heart, the medal given for receiving a combat wound.
The organization’s report also calls for:
- Accountability at all command levels for suicide prevention
- Eliminating the stigma associated with seeking mental health care
- Increasing service capacity within the VA system
- Fully implementing the 2008 mental health insurance parity law
- Americans to “reach out, listen and care” to help veterans in need
You can read the full “Parity for Patriots” report HERE.
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