Stars and Stripes: New legislation seeks to provide staff, funding, research to help prevent veteran suicides

“Legislation introduced in the Senate this week aims to tackle the nation’s veteran suicide epidemic by boosting funding, mental health staff, alternative therapies and research at the Department of Veterans Affairs.”

“The bill, introduced by Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., has 18 parts that range from creating incentives to entice more mental health providers to work at the VA to researching the possibility that living at high altitudes increases suicide risk.”

“Tester had hinted at the introduction of the bill last month. At a news conference Wednesday announcing the bill, he said it “has grown every day,” with ideas included from mental health experts, veterans groups and the 20 senators who are backing it…” Read the full article here.

Source: New legislation seeks to provide staff, funding, research to help prevent veteran suicides – By Nikki Wentling, March 14, 2019. Stars and Stripes.

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