On this Veterans Day, as we recognize the significant role that veterans play in our society, it is important that we also acknowledge the significant challenges many veterans face when returning from deployment. According to the Veterans Administration, almost all service members face challenges when returning from deployment, including issues related to readjustment and reintegration to the community as well as post-traumatic stress.
SAMHSA estimates that in 2008, more than 312,000 veterans aged 21 to 39 experienced at least one major depressive episode (MDE) in the prior year. Female veterans were twice as likely as their male counterparts to have experienced a MDE.
ABHW members are working to ensure that the behavioral health needs of veterans are being met. Some examples from members include:
- Aetna is involved in a collaborative venture with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD, the VA’s leading authority for PTSD research and dissemination of screening and treatment best practices, to build resources that support employers of veterans and veteran employees. Aetna is contributing to the development of public education materials for employers, veterans, and EAP providers. Aetna’s Military Commitment supports veterans, who deserve to have their sacrifice and dedication acknowledged because they are making a difference for the country.
- Aetna also supports Give an Hour, a national non- profit organization providing free mental health services to the military community. To date, a total of 6,100 behavioral health clinical professionals have registered to give an hour of their time each week to help our service members and their families combat the emotional effects of war.
- ValueOptions currently serves more than 9 million active and retired military members and their beneficiaries through multiple Federal government contracts. To help employers create a supportive environment for veterans, ValueOptions offers EAP services specifically designed to recruit and retain veterans in the workplace.
- UnitedHealth Group (UHG) supports a number of organizations that support veterans, including the 100,000 Jobs Mission, which was launched in March 2011 with a goal of hiring 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020. UHG also supports the Military Spouse Employment Partnership program, which helps businesses provide jobs to military spouses as well as Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) , which promotes “cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers.”
- MHN, through MHN Government Services (MHNGS), provides Active Service Members, Guard and Reserve Components, their families and veterans with the coping skills, proven behavioral techniques and psycho-education necessary to thrive in the face of the challenges presented by the military lifestyle.
ABHW members will continue to support veterans and their families to ensure they have the services they need and deserve to support their health and wellness when they come home.
- Mental Health Weekly article on ABHW Support for Million Hearts Campaign(August 6, 2012)
- Joint Paper: Preserve Specialty Behavioral Health Option for the Dual Eligible Population (July 2012)
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