Jan 09 2018
WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) released the following statement regarding President Trump's executive order, Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition from Uniformed Service to Civilian Life. The action mandates mental health care resources for 100% of all military troops transitioning back into civilian life for 12 months.
"Approximately 20 veterans commit suicide each day in America - the loss is overwhelming and heartbreaking. President Trump’s executive order will undoubtedly save lives and help reduce the tragedy of suicide among our veterans. The first year back home can be the most daunting and most critical time for intervention, and this action will ensure 100% of our first year veterans have the mental health care resources they need during that time. Those who sacrified so much to defend our freedom deserve the very best care as they return home to the country they love."
The Executive Order directs the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to:
- Within 60 days, develop and submit a Joint Action Plan to provide “seamless access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources for transitioning uniformed service members in the year” following military service; and
- Within 180 days, update the President on the implementation of the Joint Action Plan and outline further reforms to increase veterans’ access to mental health services.
For more information, visit whitehouse.gov.