2 health resources available for family
Does the VA offer any programs for the family, in particular mental health programs?
Answer: Relatives and friends of veterans now can utilize two family-based resources. The first track is the Family-to-Family Education Program. This 12-week educational program provides current information about illnesses of the brain and their treatment, and includes sections on schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder and addictive disorders. A second track is the Family Support Group. This group meets regularly to discuss issues regarding mental health treatment and services, housing, employment and transition to civilian coverage. A crucial reason for these support groups is to share common experiences within the systems and within families.
If interested, contact Andrew Dahlburg, local recovery coordinator, at 433-0332 for more information.
Q: How long will I remain enrolled in the VA health care system?
A: You will normally remain enrolled for one year. Enrollment will be reviewed and renewed each year depending upon your priority group and available resources. For additional information on enrollment, contact the VA Clinic at 433-0600.
If you have questions about your benefits as a veteran, call Fred Ballard at the Veterans Affairs at 433-0049 or visit the VA Web site at www.va.gov/hawaii
or the Star-Bulletin at 529-4747.