27 Jun '17, 11pm

As the VA starts mental health care for 'bad paper' veterans, critics say it's not enough - Stars and Stripes

As the VA starts mental health care for 'bad paper' veterans, critics say it's not enough - Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday that it would begin offering emergency mental health services starting July 5 to veterans with other-than-honorable discharges – following through on a departmental change that VA Secretary David Shulkin promised in March. The change acknowledges the population of veterans has been denied needed care, but it doesn’t go far enough, according to a report released last week from Brown University and a statement from Vietnam Veterans of America, which has advocated for years on behalf of “bad paper” veterans. “I applaud the VA for saying they’re not taking care of all the veterans and denying care. It’s a great first step,” said Ali Tayyeb, a Navy veteran and the co-author of Brown University’s June 20 report. “But it falls short of what the veterans community needs. It falls way short.” Starting July 5, all VA...

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