This is a fantastic idea, though I have a couple of thoughts:
1. it would go along way towards decreasing a stigma to call them mental health challenges, rather than issues.
2. not everyone has an iphone, making apps available to all phone operating systems would be vastly more helpful.
3. This is something that all the veterans groups should get behind.
With military and veterans’ suicides near record levels in recent years, the app is designed to help vets find one another, as well as nearby health centers, emergency care and other critical services. Still in the testing mode, it chiefly focuses on Los Angeles for now.
The developers have partnered with the Los Angeles chapter of Volunteers of America, and the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah. They also will launch a crowd-funding campaign to raise $500,000 to create an Android version and ultimately expand the app’s coverage to other cities.