Behavioral health conditions pose a significant burden on the health and well-being of American veterans. Service-related behavioral health conditions, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, are especially prevalent and cause significant disability. In recent months, new concerns have been raised about whether the Veterans Health Administration can adequately address the challenges in meeting the need for veterans’ care, especially in behavioral health.1 Concern in policy circles is running high about systemic issues within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system that may limit veterans’ access to behavioral health care.
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