TEXAS – The combination of job losses, social isolation and mounting anxiety connected to the coronavirus pandemic could hit veterans especially hard in coming weeks and months, according to a new report from the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
“COVID-19 could create a ‘perfect storm’ of developments that could threaten the mental health of many veterans,” said Rajeev Ramchand, research fellow at the Bob Woodruff Foundation and author of the research paper.
Veterans already facing mental health difficulties could see those problems aggravated by public health efforts to stop the coronavirus outbreak.
The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinics at Endeavors in San Antonio, El Paso, and Killeen have adapted to the outbreak by continuing to provide support through virtual appointments. All three clinics are part of Cohen Veterans Network, a national not for profit organization serving veterans and military families via 15 clinics across the country.
“We are proud to offer Telehealth to support not only our Veterans but their family members,” said Endeavors President & CEO, Jon Allman, “Telehealth is confidential and highly-effective.”
Post-9/11 Veterans, including National Guard and Reserves, as well as military family members, can fulfill their mental health care appointments for depression, anxiety, PTSD, sleep problems, etc. via face-to-face video therapy, known as Telehealth. This service is easily accessible through a smartphone, tablet, or computer and will be utilized until further notice.
“Staff at the clinic are committed to taking care of veterans and their families,” said R Scott Rheinschmidt, Clinical Director for the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic. “The benefits of telehealth services include choosing times that work for them and avoiding a long commute to the clinic.”
To schedule an appointment, veterans and military family members can contact: