"The more distressed you are, the more reasons you come up with for not going," Scotti said.
"The worse I am, the more I have to take care of someone else."
The survey itself is not new to the Legislature. But this was the first time the lawmakers saw a breakdown of reasons why veterans don't get help.
"I thought it was very alarming," said Delegate Barbara Fleischauer, D-Monongalia.
Fleischauer is co-chair of the veterans' affairs interim committee. She said the committee is still working on finding legislative solutions to some of the health factors facing veterans.
In the meantime, she said she thinks this information shows that veterans need to know there's nothing wrong with getting treatment.
"That says we need to be talking more about the fact treatment helps," Fleischauer said.
Scotti said he plans to continue working with local veterans officials on connection veterans with health care providers. He wasn't sure of any immediate law change that could help this process, but said lawmakers talking about connecting veterans with help is a step in the right direction.
Other data outline similar health problems facing West Virginia veterans.
A recent report found West Virginia has the highest rate of overdose deaths in the country. The Veterans Affairs medical centers in Beckley and Huntington prescribed power painkillers at some of the highest rates in the nation during the past decade, according to a different report.
There are roughly 170,000 veterans in West Virginia, giving the state one of the highest veteran populations in the country.