Appeals court blasts VA mental health care system

Noting that an average of 18 veterans a day commit suicide, a federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Department of Veterans Affairs to dramatically overhaul its mental health care system.

In the strongly worded ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it takes the department an average of four years to fully provide the mental health benefits owed veterans.

The court also said it often takes weeks for a suicidal vet to get ... Full Story »

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by Samuel W. Velsor IV - May. 11, 2011

This is a case of "Bare Bones" reporting on an issue that deserves far deeper coverage. (I found 1 such article which I have linked; By the same author that is not edited and appears to be the whole story; very worthy of a read.)

For all that right this case started in 2008. Now its 2011 and the 9th Circuit has sent it back to the original court, why? Couldn't they take the required action on this true emergency for our persons in Uniform. As you will note in the linked article, of course, there is the huge mess of appeals to further slow down care not to mention the horrid death rates!!! Damn the US Senate for sitting on their collective asses while there are so many judicial appointments pending.

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