Overall, there is a lack of access to underserved Veterans and their families as well as a reluctance of Veterans to reach out to the VA because of prior issues/problems they may have experienced. In addition, Veterans are a very proud group of people and are taught to “suck it up”, but when the problem affects the family is when they are more likely to reach out for help.
It is important to note that in a crisis situation, every VHA emergency department will deliver the appropriate level of care and sort out the eligibility issues later. No Veteran will be turned away from the VHA in a life-threatening situation.
Because the VA can’t be everywhere, that is why it’s important to have this strong community collaboration. There are also situations in which Veterans don’t want to receive services directly from the VA. In these situations, The Kaufman Fund Mental Health Collaborative can provide an alternative where the Veteran and their family can get immediate help.
The Kaufman Fund wants to get the word out to the Veteran community that there is HELP and there is HOPE available to the Veteran by a community that cares. If you are a Veteran, or part of the family of a “Veteran in need” CALL this Crisis Number NOW!
1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.