President Trump’s support for those brave men and women who are serving, and have previously served, in the armed forces has been a consistent theme throughout his first year in the White House and his support looks to continue seamlessly into his second year.
On Monday, Trump participated alongside service members in a pre-game ceremony at the CFP Championship Game which included the playing of the National Anthem. And, on Tuesday, Trump signed an executive order which expanded much needed mental health benefits to veterans.
This is something we can all support – increased efforts to ensure our veterans in crisis have access to mental health services. No veteran should go through this alone. https://t.co/Vfy39p9KXy
— Rep. Evan Jenkins (@RepEvanJenkins) January 9, 2018
Check it out, via USA Today:
President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to provide more benefits to service members transitioning from the military to civilian life in an effort to decrease veteran suicides.
Veterans who have recently left the military are between two and three times more likely to commit suicide than active duty service members, and nearly 20% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or depression.
President Trump has signed a new Executive Order to ensure veterans have the resources they need as they transition back to civilian life. Read more: https://t.co/r5NZOeCju4
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 9, 2018
According to the report, the Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs Departments are required to provide a plan for “seamless access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources.”
They have 60 days to fulfill the order.
.@POTUS is right, we owe it to our veterans to give them the best. This executive order will improve veterans’ access to mental health care resources and ensure they get the help they need after serving and protecting our country. https://t.co/IbkHUW3MFG
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 9, 2018
VA Secretary David Shulkin pledged that in 60 days, the VA will begin offering a full year of mental health care to all departing service members. He said they will be pre-enrolled before they leave the military.
Per the report, Shulkin added, “Currently, up until your executive order, only 40 percent of those service members had coverage in the VA to get mental health. Now, 100 percent will have that coverage.”
— U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) January 9, 2018
The order marks another step toward delivering on the president’s pledges to improve services and care for veterans and to modernize the VA, which has been buffeted in recent years by crisis after crisis.
Trump signed laws last year aimed at expediting the appeals process for veterans’ benefits and extending the so-called choice program, which allows veterans more choices about where they get health care when the VA can’t provide it.
A report by Fox Business adds, “The new order will cost about $200 million year to implement, money that will be diverted from the agencies’ current budget, a senior administration official said.”
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.
.@POTUS on Tuesday signed an executive order that will direct government departments to try to prevent suicide among military veterans by treating mental health problems before they become more serious. https://t.co/6xwWhdxRLy pic.twitter.com/KS9IfsoPgl
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) January 9, 2018