Veterans Affairs cuts back on PTSD therapy - WNEM TV 5

Veterans Affairs cuts back on PTSD therapy

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Thomas Talbot and a group of soldiers proudly served their country.

They said in return they don't require much, only that the Department of Veterans Affairs provides support mentally to help deal with post traumatic stress disorder, a condition they developed as a result of their time fighting in the Vietnam War.

One of ways they help each other deal with PTSD is to meet together in a small room inside the VA hospital in Saginaw. Dennis Deel said being around others who understand what each other went through is better than any medication a doctor can prescribe.

Recently these veterans said they found out the VA was cutting back on the meeting from once a week to once every two weeks. Talbot said he's afraid the group meeting will eventually be phased out completely and none of them understand why.

The VA in Saginaw said there is no plan to get rid of the group meeting. Although the support groups were reduced to meeting twice a month, the allotted time was extended from 60 minutes to 90 minutes.

The veterans said in the future they would like to see even more group therapy then what they had to begin with and they fear twice a month is not enough for some.

Talbot said most soldiers want to forget about what happened when they return home. So those who may be suffering from PTSD inadvertently delay treatment, but there are a variety of treatment options. The veterans said group therapy is the best option.

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