"With an increasingly racially and ethnically diverse military population (recent reports show as much as 31% of the United States Military is non-white, with about 17.1 percent identifying as Black or African American), it’s more important than ever that we understand how to effectively reach and serve these minority veterans.
This begins with recognizing that while anyone can experience a mental health condition, background and identity can make access to care much more difficult.
Unfortunately, it’s well documented that non-white and in particular, African-American and Black veterans, experience discrimination and disparities in many aspects of their military and veteran experience. For example, numerous studies have identified disparities in mental health diagnoses, access, and outcomes for minority veterans and service members..."
Our vision is to “ensure that every veteran and family member is able to obtain access to high-quality, effective care that enables them to lead fulfilling and productive lives. In order to provide effective care for minority veteran populations we must continue to adapt our treatment to acknowledge the impact racial, cultural and ethnic differences have on the effectiveness of certain interventions.
Danielle Besuden, Manager of Clinical Programs at Cohen Veterans Network shares more in this recent post on the CVN Blog.
I have responded in kind before, the phone number for The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, is, as follows: [login to see] . Press the number One (1): for Active Duty troops; and, for Veterans. @ Cohen Veterans Network
Way back in 1981 my infantry platoon (B Co. 1/508, 82nd Abn.) had a minority of WASPs. We had a lot of Latino and Black soldiers. I just want to point out that whites being the minority in a certain population is nothing new.