Some South Texas veterans suffering from mental illness get in-home treatment


    Some South Texas veterans suffering from mental illness get in-home treatment (Photo: Sinclair Broadcast Group)

    SAN ANTONIO - Mental illness is a topic many people are afraid to talk about and it may even discourage some military veterans from seeking help.

    That's why the Veterans Affairs administration has been providing a special option for some vets suffering from severe mental illness.

    According to the VA, a growing number of military vets in our area need help dealing with mental illness.

    For more than 10 years, the Intensive Community Mental Health Recovery team has been providing home visits to vets as far away as Kerrville.

    The team works at the Audie Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital. Social workers, doctors and some veterans drive to a vet's home to help them cope with illnesses like Schizophrenia or Bi-polar disorder.

    Experts say veterans don't always get treatment, sometimes due to embarassment, shame or lack of transportation.

    "It depends on the veteran," says Phil Dunn with Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital. "Everything is driven by the veteran's goals. It might mean managing medication. It might mean preparing to go back to work or preparing to go back to school. It might mean something simple like better grooming."

    Dunn says his team works with about 120 veterans, but many more need help. The team of specialists log thousands of miles a month to help those in the treatment program.

    For a complete list of services offered at Audie Murphy, click here.

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