U.S. Army Soldier with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pulls security during a battle drill on Forward Operating Base Lightning, Afghanistan, Oct. 3, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat team Public Affairs)With 22 veterans committing suicide a day, more veterans need to become mental health professionals. Through shared experience, combat veterans are uniquely poised to help their peers struggling with post traumatic stress disorder and similar psychological wounds.
“I truly feel the key to providing military members much needed relief from their PTSD and depression symptoms is providing them access to more mental health professionals with combat experience like them,” writes Staff Sgt. Ryan Ramsey, a former combat veteran and Green Beret.
Though medical school may be fiscally daunting, if the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act is passed, veterans who pursue a career in mental health at the Department of Veterans Affairs could have their school loans repaid.