Veterans

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

It’s been three years since a national scandal over wait times at VA hospitals. Today at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio, hundreds of veterans are still waiting more than 30 days to see a doctor. 

There's sort of a designated driver in Jason Stavely's circle of Iraq buddies, but he doesn't take away people's car keys. He takes the guns.

"Come toward September-October, if I get the feeling, I'm more than happy to give my guns back to my buddy again," said Stavely.

Stavely has bad memories from the war that get triggered every autumn. And last year, one of his Marine Corps friends died by suicide in October. So Stavely's therapist at the Veterans Affairs clinic suggested getting his guns out of the house.

Wikimedia Commons http://bit.ly/2nKGonY

Post-traumatic stress disorder affects an estimated 7.7 million American adults in a given year, yet this illness is largely underserved by the medical community. Many people afflicted with PTSD do not or cannot seek treatment.

From Texas Standard:

For those leaving the military, readjusting to civilian life can be a rocky transition. For veterans or families of veterans, trying to juggle college classes and homework assignments on top of that can be frustrating.

 

Public Domain

Whether it's for physical or mental health care, veterans and their families have options when looking for healing and support in ​​San Antonio, often called "Military City USA."

The Source ​looks at a few of the many resources available in the area and how members of the military community are helping each other. 

Reach out to the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at www.familyendeavors.org/mfc

Pages