23 Mar '18, 12am

Bill Includes Mental Health Care for Those with 'Bad Paper' Discharges

Bill Includes Mental Health Care for Those with 'Bad Paper' Discharges

The $1.3 trillion spending package that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday includes a new provision that would give more veterans access to mental health care. Bills had been introduced in both the House and Senate over the past year to provide veterans who have an "other than honorable" discharge access to care they were previously denied. Lawmakers drafted a compromise that made it into the omnibus spending bill this week . "It is critical that our men and women in uniform know they can reach out to the [Department of Veterans Affairs ] for help when they come home from a combat deployment ," said Rep. Mike Coffman, a Colorado Republican and Marine Corps combat veteran who had sponsored one of the bills. "We particularly need to watch out for those suffering from 'invisible' wounds that may lead to behavioral and other mental health conditions," he said...

Full article: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/03/22/bill-inclu...

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