'Enhancing Capacity to Address Mental Health Needs of Veterans and Their Families'

'Enhancing Capacity to Address Mental Health Needs of Veterans and Their Families'

Launched in 2008 by Major League Baseball and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the Welcome Back Veterans Initiative, a public-private effort to provide veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with ongoing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and other deployment-related mental health issues, could serve as a model for other initiatives focused on supporting service members, veterans, and their families, a report from the RAND Corporation finds. The report, Enhancing Capacity to Address Mental Health Needs of Veterans and Their Families (26 pages, PDF), found that WBV sites designed and implemented a suite of activities to raise awareness, train service providers, and deliver services directly to veterans and their families; identified and worked to overcome several challenges to engage veterans and extend the longevity of their programs; and used various strategies to meet the mental health needs of veterans and their families.