Breaking Through the Trust Barrier



The Trust Barrier Includes:

  • Distrust of Majority/White systems including the VA.
  • Distrust of the Federal Government.
  • Lack of personal/patient influence in complex systems that are difficult to understand.
  • Fear of retaliation for disclosing feelings.
  • Few trusted People of Color in the VA system.
  • Vendors of Color in the VA system largely invisible.
  • Lack of culturally competent outreach to Black Women Veterans who are suffering from sexual trauma, PTSD, homelessness, and family breakdown.
  • Lack of place-based services for Black Veterans and their families.
  • Lack of community-based safe places to meet other Black Veterans who share their cultural and military issues, struggles, and experiences.
  • Estrangement between groups of Veterans from different eras (WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Gulf Wars, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.) and among groups (e.g. White and Black Korean War Veterans) that must be bridged.