Veterans to be Eligible for Expanded Mental Health Resources

Fire and Fury

Here in the United States, there is a lot of media interest in the president's health and Donald Trump was asked about his medical check-up by reporters yesterday.

Marilyn Williams, who counsels veterans dealing with depression and P-T-S-D, said this executive order is important because of hard it is for veterans to adjust to life back in the states.

"We'll do it - every month, we'll do one of these", Trump added.

The order directs the secretaries of the Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs departments to submit a plan within 60 days providing "seamless access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources" for veterans in the year following military service. We've had our veterans sign conformed consent so they are part of the process.

In 2014, 244 OH veterans took their own lives.

Trump also said some remarkable things about his much-discussed "reality TV" immigration negotiation from yesterday.

"It's really important that the next generation of warfighters does not suffer what the prior generation warfighters have suffered", Howard said. Rarely has this included details of mental health, according to CNN.

The new order will cost about $200 million a year to implement.

There are significant challenges to the order, though.

- Expand the DoD's Military OneSource, which offers resources to active duty members, to include services to separating service members to one year beyond service separation.


Howard and Jean have been advocating for veterans on this issue since losing their son.

The Veteran PEER Act would require VA to establish peer specialist in patient aligned care teams to promote mental health, substance use disorders and behavioral health in a primary care setting.

Dr. Wood works to make the return home easier from a mental health standpoint.

Howard said that more online tools would help immensely.

Update, 2:00 p.m. EST, 1/10: This post has been updated with comments from VA Press Secretary Curtis Cashour confirming that the new order will not extend benefits to veterans who weren't honorably discharged.

While making mental healthcare a top priority for transitioning veterans, Jean Somers hopes this doesn't slow mental healthcare for current Veterans. Cognitive assessments aren't routine in standard physicals, though they recently became covered in Medicare's annual wellness visits for seniors.

"He is the commander in chief", said Lee, who noted that she was speaking for herself and not for Yale.

Servicemen and women who are already out of the military are encouraged to take advantage of the programs already available, such as the Department of Defense's "Be There" and the Veteran's Crisis Line.

I would suggest that, along with the physical exam Trump is to undergo this week, he should also be examined by a physician who is educated and experienced in diagnosing neurocognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's and dementia.

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