The NH Legislative Commission on PTSD and TBI conducted a survey of NH Veterans to identify barriers to military-veteran populations accessing needed care. When asked why they were not getting the help they need, Veterans identified that one of the biggest challenges is not feeling understood by the providers who serve them.
There are 105,000 veterans living in New Hampshire, and it's the 8th largest veteran population per capita in the nation. For a variety of reasons, only 30,000 receive their healthcare at the VA Medical Center. Not all veterans are eligible for care through the Veterans Administration and some veterans choose not to seek care there. This website is designed to educate and engage civilian service providers in better understanding and providing support and care to our military.
Adding the question "Have you or a family member ever served in the military?" to intake/enrollment/health history forms opens the conversation between military experience and presenting problems and needs. Opening the conversation about military experience allows for more informed treatment/care planning and the ability to identify the optimal and specific military/veteran-specific referrals/resources.