May is Mental Health Month, and at a time of great distress for many Americans, it is more important than ever to emphasize the importance of mental health. In recognition of the Month, and the strain caused by the coronavirus on veterans across the country, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has created the “Now is the Time” program to address the mental health needs of veterans. The program promises to help veterans get help for their issues from family and friends, through professional counseling.
The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is the biggest health crisis facing the United States right now. While this has generally focused on the physical danger posed by the coronavirus, less often discussed is the negative impact that the virus has had on the country’s mental health. With people trapped indoors by quarantine procedures and millions now out of work, millions of Americans are feeling some psychological strain.
The impact is even greater for disabled veterans suffering from psychological issues related to their service. The quarantine means they are often confined indoors with no psychological outlet, and they cannot even visit their local VA for mental health treatment due to coronavirus-related closures. The “Now is the Time” program is intended to help address some of these issues by teaching veterans and their loved ones how to maintain their mental health during the coronavirus crisis. The VA is also urging veterans to remain informed about COVID-19 transmission, to keep themselves and their loved ones safe during the pandemic.
The attorneys of Sullivan & Kehoe place a special focus on assisting disabled veterans. Although the courts are closed except for essential proceedings, our veterans’ disability lawyers are still available for remote consultation on your legal issues. Call our office at (800) 395 -7830 to schedule a consultation in our New York City, Garden City, Kings Park, Riverhead, or White Plains office, or visit our contact page.