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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Jason Hansman
Getting treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder can be an arduous process for veterans who regularly must deal with administrative and medical delays, health care professionals say.
Busy, tech-savvy and often miles from their peers, thousands of new veterans are going online to find camaraderie or get their questions answered _ forcing big changes in long-established veterans groups and inspiring entrepreneurs to launch new ones.
"If you're waiting over two to three weeks for care that's been promised, then there's some sort of breakdown in the system," he said. "There's still this gap between what the VA provides and what is actually needed."
Getting into the system, and into a routine with a therapist and receiving consistent care takes time is the hardest part, especially for reservists in rural areas or veterans who move around, Mr. Hansman said.