Lawmakers to grill VA over problem of suicides among troops, vets
The Veterans Administration is taking heat for what Congress sees as the agency's inadequate response to the problem of suicides among active-duty and military veterans after a court ruling cited the VA's "unchecked incompetence" in treating mental health issues among vets.
But the ruling is just the latest indication of a mental health system that has a longtime reputation for failing military veterans — a fact that almost any veteran who deals with the system can confirm.
“I won’t trust the VA,” said Sgt. 1st Class John Kyte, a decorated Iraq War veteran who is in treatment for a serious disorder that has caused him to black out more than 40 times.
Kyte's assessment of the VA: “They are overwhelmed."
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