Can a Start-up Save Soldiers Scarred by War?

A friend of my mine works for a VA hospital. His specialty is PTSD, or post traumatic stress disorder. He never talks to me about specific patients, but he has spoken about the challenge of dealing with the thousands of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afganistan who need the help and support of mental health professionals. Too often, vets and still active duty men and women don’t get the help they need, either because it’s not available where and when they need it, or because of the stigma of visiting a mental health facility. But yesterday, TriWest Healthcare Alliance – which serves 2.7 million service men and women and their families across 21 western states – announced that, beginning on August 1st, it will offer mental health services online using the innovative technology developed by the Massachusetts-based start-up, American Well.

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