And estimated 500,000 former military service members with “Other-Than-Honorable” (OTH) discharges could receive mental health treatment through the VA.
Dr. David J. Shulkin, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary, testified Tuesday, March 7, 2017, that he intended to expand urgent mental health care needs to OTH service members.
“The president and I have made it clear that suicide prevention is one of our top priorities,” Shulkin said in a VA news release. “We know the rate of death by suicide among Veterans who do not use VA care is increasing at a greater rate than Veterans who use VA care. This is a national emergency that requires bold action. We must and we will do all that we can to help former service members who may be at risk. When we say even one Veteran suicide is one too many, we mean it.”
You can read full details in the VA news release.