Veterans' Mental Health Becoming an Issue

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ State officials are looking for ways to fill
veterans' long-term, mental health care needs.

They're planning a counseling and support center for soldiers and their families. They're also eyeing an expansion of mental health services.

Republican Representative Lee Tafanelli, who is a Kansas National Guard colonel, says legislators are still trying to determine how big the safety nets need to be. Kansas has spent years pushing efforts to help soldiers, but some worry that veterans still aren't fully aware of the benefits.

Representative L. Candy Ruff says Kansas should establish rural outreach programs and work with local health departments to determine where veterans should go to get the most care.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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