Trump on Mental Health and Veterans

The president Donald Trump has actually signed an Executive Order on “Supporting our Veterans during their Transition from Uniformed Service to Civilian Life” on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 in the Oval Office of the White Residence in Washington, D.C.

The order,  is entitled “Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition from Uniformed Service to Civilian Life,” This essentially directs the VA, Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security to develop a plan by March 9 on how to seamlessly provide mental health care to brand-new veterans and implement that plan within 180 days.

This action highlights the issue of veteran suicide, which VA Secretary David Shulkin has actually named as his top clinical priority. Every day in 2014, an standard of 20 veterans succumbed to suicide, according to the latest available VA data. According to a 2016 study from the Naval Postgraduate School, transitioning veterans are particularly at risk, especially after service.

There has actually been serious concerns expressed as regards this situation “I am seriously concerned by the White House’s failure to provide any specific details to Congress or engage along with veterans organizations in the community until the day of the executive order,” Walz said in a written statement. “The lack of detail raises substantial concerns along with regard to targeted funding, outreach, and the education of service members and veterans about the brand-new policies. The lack of transparency additionally raises skepticism of the White House’s claim that this executive order will not require additional funding.”

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