Local group protests mental health care for soldiers

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 4:38pm

FORT HOOD -- Today a local group of veterans stood outside Fort Hood to spread awareness about mental heath care for soldiers.

Supporters of the Operation Recovery Campaign and Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Wars shared information with soldiers about their rights to access mental health care.

The efforts are to prevent hidden combat casualties, including post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and  suicide, as well as traumatic brain injury and military sexual trauma.

Those at the event say unfortunately there's a stigma against soldiers seeking care.

"We're not seeing these issues addressed properly, so we're asking General Campbell to hold a safety stand down around his own policies to ensure that service members know about them so they know they have a right to heal," said Aaron Hughes, a veteran.

However, Fort Hood officials tell us soldiers or family members have several options to get the care they need.

Including talking directly with a mental health professional  anonymously and will be referred to a local doctor for 12 free sessions.

More options can be found at www.militaryonesource.com



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