The Next Step: Better Mental Health Care for Veterans Starts with Veterans
On February 12, President Obama signed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. The act aims to help prevent veteran suicide by holding the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) accountable through annual evaluations of its mental health and suicide prevention departments. It also seeks to spread awareness of the VA’s suicide prevention programs, and authorizes the VA to hire more mental health professionals. It represents a significant first step toward ending the plague of suicide that haunts our nation’s veterans.
But there’s an additional step we can — and must — take: populating the VA’s mental health community with more combat veterans, veterans who better equipped to support their needs…
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