SVAC Chairwoman: VA Losing Mental Health
This week the Senate
Veterans Affairs Committee met to discuss legislation pertaining to
veteran healthcare provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Committee Chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (
The legislation would require DoD to create a comprehensive, standardized suicide prevention program; expand eligibility for VA mental health services to family members; strengthen oversight of DoD mental health care and the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES); and require VA to establish accurate and reliable measures for mental health services.
FRA consistently addresses the concerns of shipmates about the long waits for mental health counseling on Capitol Hill, including testimony before the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. The Association also supports improved and more aggressive oversight of IDES.Members are urged to use the FRA Action Center to contact their senators and ask them to support this important legislation.