VA App Wins FCC Accessibility Award
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Coach smartphone application was honored as one of seven winners of the Federal Communications Commission Chairman’s Awards for Advancements in Accessibility.
“We are honored to be named as a recipient of this prestigious communications award,” said Under Secretary for Health Dr. Robert Petzel. “The PTSD Coach app has already helped more than 30,000 users connect with important mental health information and resources. It is a truly innovative tool which has revolutionized the way Veterans receive health care.”
The app, developed in partnership with the Department of Defense, lets users track their PTSD symptoms, links them with public and personalized sources of support, provides accurate information about PTSD and teaches helpful strategies for managing PTSD symptoms on the go.
The FCC Chairman Awards were created to encourage technological innovation in communication-related areas in the public and private sector. The awards were voted on by a panel of FCC officials.
“One of our key goals for the PTSD Coach app all along has been accessibility. Our team works to get useful tools to Veterans whenever and wherever they need them. We are thrilled to have this recognition that we have hit our target,” said Julia Hoffman, mobile applications lead at the VA National Center for PTSD.