On this Veterans Day, we should all honor the sacrifices and the service so many have dedicated to our great nation. But more than just paying tribute to or reflecting on their service, we need to ask: What can be done to improve the lives of veterans in our state and our community?
Having worked in the behavioral health field, I have worked directly with several veterans struggling with PTSD. This disorder can make life a daily struggle for many who have served our country. Missouri’s mental health/behavioral health services are stretched extremely thin with budget cuts dating back to the early 2000s. It is time for an increased investment in mental health services and long-term care of veterans. Let’s honor veterans by ensuring access to quality care. It is the least we can do to serve those who have served us.