PTSD and Substance Abuse Programs for Veterans

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Teresa Collins started this petition to Department of Veterans Affairs and

Thousands of Veterans suffer from PTSD everyday. There are also, thousands of Veterans that have resorted to substance abuse to try to combat their PTSD, which has led to bigger problems for themselves. There is a level of urgency in this matter! We lose our Veterans everyday to suicide and overdose.  There are so many that have sought out treatment thru the VA and have felt they have not gotten the level of care they need.  Without private insurance or paying out of pocket the chances of getting into a private facility are practically impossible. Some facilities can cost up to the $45,000. At the same time the VA's hospital system is so overcrowded that many patients are having to be sent outside of the VA for other illnesses or general Medical problems. So my question is, if we can send our veterans to outside facilities for various types of care why can we not send our veterans to outside facilities for more extensive care for PTSD and substance abuse? If a veteran has already been through programs through the VA for treatment and has been unsuccessful, why are we unable to send them to a facility that is more qualified to help them or why does it have to be so hard?  I am a veteran as well as many members of my family and a few of them suffer from PTSD and at least one has had an addiction problem with it. I don't want to lose any of my family members and I don't want to see anyone else's family lose theirs to this. We need the President, Congress, and the VA to step up the game and recognize how serious this is, and what our Veteran's have done for our country, what they mean to us.  Those that suffer everyday shouldn't have to suffer even more because they suffered enough when they fought for our country. If private care is what a Veteran needs for treatment to fight against PTSD and or substance abuse, they should absolutely have that opportunity.  Save a life, save a Veteran.

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