FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14, 2006
VA Data Show Significant Increase in Medical Needs of Returning Veterans
One in three receive an initial mental health diagnosis
Washington, D.C. – New data from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are “strong proof” that the Administration’s budget is insufficient to meet the mental health care needs of veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That is the conclusion of Illinois Rep. Lane Evans, Ranking Democratic Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and Maine Rep. Michael Michaud, Ranking Democratic Member of the Committee’s Subcommittee on Health.