Those who have fought should have a choice in where they get services that effectively meet their needs, including private medical care. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system needs to become a partner in a community-based services approach if our nation’s veterans are going to receive effective care and support.
If you already live abroad, you should consult with the Federal Benefits Unit of the American embassy serving the country where you reside for personalized advice. They have direct access to the Social Security files, and have experience with problems specific to people residing outside the US. Website links to American embassies worldwide can be found at www.usembassy.gov.
As military conflicts persist, the impacts of PTSD and TBI on veterans and their families continue to rise. Whether you provide child care, health care, mental health services, or family support to veterans, you play a crucial role in helping this growing population heal and thrive.