Military & Veterans
Promote mental health and well-being of military personnel, veterans and their families
APA advocates for policies that prevent suicide, promote the use of evidence-based psychotherapies in the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), ensure mental health promotion is included in the transition from active duty to veteran status, promote health research relevant to military personnel and veterans and protect integrated care at the VA while opposing its privatization.
Provide targeted support for military populations at risk for mental health challenges
This includes National Guard and Reserve members; women service members and veterans; families; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) service members and veterans; wounded or disabled service members and veterans; those with other than honorable discharges; those involved in criminal justice and those who are students.
APA Practice Organization Priorities
The APA Practice Organzation is a 501(c)(6) organization that advocates for the interests of practicing psychologists. The APA Practice Organization Advocacy team's work includes advocacy to promote psychologists as key providers and leaders in health care with military and veteran populations, obtain prescribing authority for VA psychologists, obtaining full Title 38 status for VA psychologists, promoting DoD and VA psychologists within the larger military and veteran health care space and training more psychologists as providers of care to military and veteran populations.
Department of Defense
For decades, psychologists have played vital roles within the Department of Defense (DoD) as providers of clinical services to military personnel and their families and as scientific researchers investigating mission-targeted issues as varied as airplane cockpit design, counter-terrorism, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Psychologists bring unique and critical expertise to meeting the needs of our military and its personnel.
Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the largest single employer of psychologists, who work both as research scientists and clinicians committed to improving the lives of our nation’s veterans. As the largest provider of training for psychologists, the VA also plays a vital role in addressing the mental health workforce shortage equipped to provide culturally competent and integrated mental health services to veterans and their families.
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Recent APA Advocacy on Military & Veterans Issues
Increasing Military/Veteran Mental Health Care in Underserved Communities
APA hosted a working group in June 2017 to address telemental health and interstate compacts for mental health providers.
We have a tremendous opportunity to help shape the laws and policies that directly affect psychology and the populations we work with. We can make a real difference in our society.
About APA Advocacy
APA represents the largest and most visible national presence advocating for psychology at the federal level. There are three APA government relations offices and two APA-affiliated organizations that engage in government relations activities.