Suicide Prevention Remains a Top National Priority for VA

September 25, 2019, The Hill, Rory E. Riley-Topping

September is National Suicide Prevention month. Accordingly, as it does nearly every year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued its National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report this month….

“An accurate and timely VA decision is often critical for a Veteran’s mental health recovery and financial well-being,” said Glenn Bergmann, an attorney and partner at Bergmann & Moore, a national law firm focusing only on VA disability claim appeals.

Bergmann added that, for example, “in 2018, VA’s Inspector General found unacceptably high rates of VA errors in PTSD claims based on military sexual trauma (MST). VA is urged to provide better training and oversight of PTSD/MST claim processing so the claims are granted quickly. VA must decide the claims properly the first time and thus reduce the stress placed on Veterans who would otherwise face years of VA paperwork and appeals.”

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