Together, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense have created an iPhone app which may provide on the spot help for veterans who suffer from PTSD. This new app, called the PTSD Coach can link veterans to local support and even help in the moment of need.
The application is free from the iTunes store. The VA and DoD are also encouraging family and friends of veterans to download the app, as it provides information about PTSD, helping family and friends better understand the struggle that their veteran love one is going through.
Dr. Robert Petzel, the VA’s undersecretary for health encourages veterans to take advantage of the services they have earned, saying “veterans should utilize all of the benefits they have earned…one of the best things about this app is it will get veterans connected to the places that are out there to provide help.” He also encouraged veterans to continue to seek professional mental health, using the app and an additional tool, but not as a replacement for counseling.
The same app, built for the Android phone platform is expected to be released in about mid June this year.
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