Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Health Care Act
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It has been discovered that as of 2012, there have been 1.2 million veterans who do not have health care. The lack of mental health care for veterans is due to the fact that many of them have a low income and any health care that they can afford, such as the Affordable Care Act, is not accepted in all states. For many veterans, the lack of health care is a matter of life and death. Many veterans, after their service, struggling with the traumatic events they face. At least twenty-two veterans commit suicide a day often times this could have been prevented if the veteran was able to seek professional help. However, without health care, veterans who have low incomes cannot afford to pay a professional for adequate mental care. 56% to 87% of veterans who suffer from a psychological issue do not receive any mental health care or assistance. H.R 918 has been introduced in order to create a policy that allows for the care of these veterans. The goal of the H.R. 918 Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Health Care Act is to provide services to veterans who suffer from mental illness because of their service to the United States. This policy is “to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Veterans Affairs,” or in other words, to give more adequate healthcare to veterans who are not otherwise eligible to receive care.The topic revolving around the care of veterans in the United States has been a popular subject for a lengthy period of time. We are in support of this bill because issues such as health care should be available to those who have risked their lives to serve our country. It's the least we can do to give back.
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