A hospital veterans’ affairs liaison says veterans shouldn’t fear using VA services in light of a recent CNN story that showed that about 40 veterans died while waiting to receive medical care from the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system.
“This situation that has been reported is outside of the norm,” said Andy Roberts, administrative director of the North Shore-LIJ Health System Office of Military and Veterans’ Liaison Services and a veteran. “It’s why it’s so shocking and upsetting. They violated their own rules to do this type of thing. And what veterans really need to realize is that the VA is still the best resource for them when they’re coming back from having served in the military.”
It is part of a veteran’s process of reintegrating back into civilian life to find out what services are available to him or her, Mr. Roberts said.
One of those available services is behavioral health care. The North Shore-LIJ Health System has a first-of-its-kind facility in Bay Shore that provides behavioral health care for both the veteran and their family. This center, called the Unified Behavioral Health Center for Military Veterans and Their Families, was made possible through a partnership with the Northport VA Medical Center. There is also the Florence and Robert A. Rosen Family Wellness Center in Manhasset that provides behavioral health services for veterans and law enforcement personnel.