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Veterans struggle to find VA mental health services




Kris Skinner is a veteran who has seen great progress dealing with PTSD through alternative programs outside of Veterans Affairs hospitals. He has received help from the Soldiers Project and is active in the Ride 2 Recovery program, which enables veterans to participate in long distance group bike rides. The rides serve as a form of therapy for people dealing with PTSD, Skinner said.  He retired from the Army as Captain in the 10th Mountain Division after serving in Kosovo and Iraq.
Kris Skinner is a veteran who has seen great progress dealing with PTSD through alternative programs outside of Veterans Affairs hospitals. He has received help from the Soldiers Project and is active in the Ride 2 Recovery program, which enables veterans to participate in long distance group bike rides. The rides serve as a form of therapy for people dealing with PTSD, Skinner said. He retired from the Army as Captain in the 10th Mountain Division after serving in Kosovo and Iraq.
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The scandal surrounding the Veterans Administration keeps growing.

First came reports about long wait times and altered appointment calendars. Then earlier this week, the VA's Office of Special Counsel said it found a "troubling pattern of deficient patient care." 

KPCC's Rebecca Plevin reports another problem facing the VA: the growing number of people seeking mental health treatment.