Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Congress is flooded with veteran mental health bills. Here's what it means if they pass.
More than a dozen pieces of legislation are being considered by Congress this session that aim to improve veteran mental health care, expand services to more veterans or provide access to new treatments, including medical marijuana.
After four veteran suicides at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in April alone, and an unchanging rate of 20 veteran suicides per day, Congress and the VA have been under increasing pressure to address veteran mental health and suicide. Lawmakers from both chambers and sides of the aisle have bills piled up for consideration.