A Big Step Forward In Mental Health Care for Active Duty Service Members and Vets

It’s no secret that war has been known to leave just as many mental scars as it does physical ones. Needing mental help is not something that military service personnel typically accept easily; they are a proud bunch that often sees needing any type of help, especially mental help, as a sign of weakness. Because of this, the military’s mental health experts have had to alter the perception of mental health care in the military and the new West Bragg Embedded Behavioral Health Clinic in Fayetteville, North Carolina is a big step in that direction.

By design, the mental health facility is located far away from the military hospital on the base. It is part of the plan to disassociate mental health problems with other health issues and to change the perception that service members and vets have toward getting the type of mental help so many of them badly need. The outpatient portion of the clinic is located very close to where the soldiers work and live every day in hopes that this will make those that need help embrace the idea more easily and seek it out. Making it more convenient to access is also thought to make the military members who need mental health care more comfortable with the process.

Ft BraggThe clinic is expected to serve some 10,000 military members and vets each year. It is designed to help people get over their mental health issues and perform their every day jobs better, as well as improve their quality of life at the same time. Steps like this that give back to our past and present service members in a well thought out manner are to be applauded because part of the problem in the past is the military’s insensitivity to mental health issues.

Mental health care is no longer kept in the closet like it was years ago, and few people ever go through their lives without a need for it at one time or another. Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen often need help more than others because of the things they see and do every day in the normal routine of their job. Having something that troubles a soldier mentally needs to be treated just as urgently as a shrapnel wound or a broken bone; maybe even more so because of how life altering something can be that weighs on a person’s mind. The military is admitting this fact for a change and is thankfully doing something about it. Our service members deserve it because we ask some of them to carry out tasks that no human being should ever have to do in their lifetime.

If you’re a military member or vet who is reading this and have something that is weighing you down mentally, whether it is related to a military  event or not, then take the time to at least sit down with a mental health expert to see what they can do for you. A mental health issue doesn’t make you weak, it makes you human. So get the help you need and become whole again. It will give you a new lease on life and make your life better in every single way.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Craig has been writing for several years but just recently made freelance writing a full time profession after leaving behind 26 years working in the swimming pool construction industry. He served four years in the US Air Force as an Imagery Interpreter Specialist in Okinawa, Japan and at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. As a staunch supporter of law enforcement personnel, emergency medical technicians, firemen, search and rescue personnel and those who serve in the military, Craig is proud to contribute to the US Patriot blog on their behalf.
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