27 Jun '17, 9pm

VA to open emergency rooms to 'bad paper' vets on July 5

WASHINGTON — Veterans with other-than-honorable discharges will be able to access Veterans Affairs emergency rooms for urgent mental health care starting July 5, under new rules outlined by department leaders on Tuesday. The move is the culmination of months of review into how to handle the cases of vets who may have been improperly separated from the military due to undiagnosed or untreated problems like post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or other mental health issues. In March, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin pledged to find more ways to help those veterans, even if their status makes them ineligible for traditional veterans benefits. The new initiative mandates that veterans with other-than-honorable paperwork may receive care for “a mental health emergency” for up to 90 days. That may include inpatient services, residential care or outpatie...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/va-other-than-honor...

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