Tricare is the program that supports all Servicemembers and their dependents, and it provides a good support system for Servicemembers in medical care. The dependents are able to access the benefits from Tricare and it gives support, health care, and preventative health measures to help prevent disease. But one of the things that many people do not realize is that TriCare also offers Behavior health care support. This is to give benefits and preventative care, as well as mental and behavior health services to give Servicemembers needed protections. These supportive mental health services are for a wide range of disease and conditions that affect the families and Servicemembers themselves. There are regular care services, as well as care for emergency situations.
TriCare gives benefits first from their primary treatment Military medical facility, when it is feasible. No matter where the location, TriCare gives complete coverage for different medical and behavioral care support, to give the Servicemember and their families peace of mind, and care when they require support. Many times after service to their country Servicemembers come home and need to work through some of their battle related stress, and talking to a behavior provider through the TriCare system can often help to solve their anxiety and stress. If the required services are not available, then covered beneficiaries may go to other Tricare behavior authorized health care providers. Often it is a misconception about behavior health services, many service and counseling type support is available without the need for long term care. Many problems and situations can be resolved with a series of support visits, followed by occasional follow up counseling appointments. Serving in the military can be intense, and service overseas in Afghanistan or Iraq in the War on Terror can be experiences that, if a Servicemember has support in processing them, can be dealt with successfully. Many times if aid and medical support services are available at the crucial time, then Servicemembers are able to work through their issues, and remain on, or return to, active duty Service.
All of the branches of the military have began to prioritize support for Servicemembers returning from overseas, it has been supported that such support is very important. Mental health services to help with depression, manic mood swings, chemical dependency issues, alcohol abuse and other wide ranging mental health issues are available.