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Obama Initiatives Aim to Increase Vets’ Access to Mental Health Services

Barack ObamaPresident Barack Obama has introduced a string of measures aimed at removing the barriers to mental health treatment of military veterans, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Mark Felsenthal writes that President Obama detailed the new initiatives while addressing an American Legion forum on Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

His announcement comes less than three weeks after a $16.3 billion overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs‘ healthcare system became law.

Reuters reports the President unveiled programs to expand suicide prevention research and training programs for veterans’ mental healthcare providers.

The White House said that VA will adopt new rules to ensure that service members discharged from the military will have access to mental health drugs, according to Reuters.

The Obama administration will also collaborate with financial services providers to lower the interest rates on veterans’ monthly home loan, according to Felsenthal’s article.

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