You already do a lot without even knowing it through your tax dollars. My new wife-to-be is actually a social worker with the VA (yeah, I know, but she’s awesome) and the statistic doesn’t surprise me. However, troubled veterans not only have easy access to help, but some of them are getting babied to an almost insane degree by VA social workers.
Some people can’t be reached no matter how hard you try. Some take advantage of those who try. It’s just the way it goes, unfortunately.
Your response helps me out. I suppose it’s inevitable that some vets will take advantage of benefits offered, to where they are indulged. At least there are some methods being developed to face the problem. Some will remain too proud, but that may change over time, as the stigma or seeking help continues fade.
It depends also what part of the country. In the mental health area, , especially for PTSD...the VA is woefully lacking, both in services, that includes residential programs for PTSD and out patient services.
I have no idea what Va you are talking about...but there are waiting lists and also once they get seen, some of the staff shortages and lack of program services make follow up difficult.