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APA Urges Congress to Strengthen Outreach to Military Service Members and Veterans

Psychologist Jeffrey Pollard testified before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health.

In response to an invitation received by PI-GRO, Jeffrey Pollard, PhD, ABPP, testified on May 19 on behalf of APA before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health, at a hearing entitled, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Medical Care: The Crown Jewel and Best Kept Secret. Dr. Pollard's testimony focused on the need for mental and behavioral health outreach to military service members and veterans on college and university campuses and highlighted his and his colleagues' work in this area at George Mason University.  In addition, Dr. Pollard highlighted three key recommendations:

  • Sufficient resources to support targeted efforts on campus to address mental and behavioral health needs among service members and veterans, including risk of suicide;
  • The need for readily available continuing education and training opportunities for college and university mental and behavioral health professionals regarding the unique deployment, reintegration, and readjustment issues faced by service members, veterans, and their families; and
  • The development of mechanisms to conduct appropriate outreach to service members and veterans who are beginning their post-secondary education online while deployed or upon their return from service.