Over the last couple of years, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recognized and embraced their need to utilize technology to communicate with the younger generation of veterans. Their latest attempt to use technology to communicate and help veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan was a joint effort with the Department of Defense (DoD).
Their offering was the free PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) Coach app for smart phones. The purpose of the app is giving veterans the ability to manage PTSD symptoms as they occur or seek immediate help if necessary by being linked to local support sources.
The app is designed to be used by veterans as well as their family and friends. It makes available precise and correct information about PTSD so the symptoms can be understood by anyone it effects.
Both the VA and the DoD stress this application is not a therapy or mental health treatment replacement program. Every veteran suffering from PTSD is strongly encouraged to contact their local VA to explore what help is available for them. The app is simply a supplement to the professional help veterans are already receiving, and indeed helps veterans connect with solid sources of available help.
The VA and DoD believe The PTSD Coach has the potential to reach a widespread group of veterans suffering from PTSD. It is the first of what will be many new resources offered to PTSD sufferers from the VA in conjunction with other agencies.
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