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.
I’ve heard VA people complain that none of the veterans come to them until they’ve gotten in trouble somehow, which is probably indicative of self-reliant people. I’m not a veteran, but I know that I wouldn’t go to some social worker if I was having problems with things and they probably feel the same way.
Lord knows how to solve it, and like many ugly things in life, there may not really be a way to fix it, but there IS a mechanism in place to help troubled veterans for sure.