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Executive Order Seeks to Expand Mental Health Treatment for Veterans

Earlier this month, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at supporting veterans’ transition to civilian life. Specifically, the order directs the secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs to develop and submit, within 60 days, a joint action plan to provide transitioning service members “seamless” access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources in the year following military service. Within 180 days, the secretaries are required to update the President on the plan’s implementation and outline further reforms to increase veterans’ access to mental health services.