Mental Health Care

Washington Report (August 23, 2016) Two senators have asked the defense secretary to clarify how the Defense Suicide Prevention Office is addressing the suicide rate in the National Guard. In a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, note that... Read more
Washington Report (August 2, 2016) Veterans will receive same-day primary care and mental-health services at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities by the end of the year, VA Secretary Robert McDonald promised last week. Speaking at the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in... Read more
Washington Report (July 26, 2016) Veterans with mental-health problems still shy away from treatment because they fear it will hurt their chances for employment and because they remain embarrassed by their problems, a survey found. The survey by the George W. Bush Institute's Military Service... Read more
Washington Report (June 28, 2016) The Department of Veterans Affairs suicide hotline failed to respond to almost 30 percent of text messages sent as a test by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO released a report Monday several months after an inspector general’s report found that some... Read more
Washington Report (June 14, 2016) Experts say the increased suicide rate in the military may never return to lower levels it saw just after 9/11. They told USA Today that the current pace of suicides in the ranks may be the "new normal." The Army's suicide rate for active-duty soldiers averaged... Read more
It goes without saying that speedy and ongoing access to mental health care is extremely important for military members and veterans. Often, mental-health illness is overlooked or hushed away. In light of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ve detailed some mental-health initiatives. Suicide... Read more
“My VA is about keeping veterans at the table: In control of how, when and where they wish to be served.” - VA Secretary Robert McDonald “My VA” is how Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald described his ideal standard of care when speaking today about his vision for an... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report  (April 5, 2016) Suicides in the National Guard jumped by a third in 2015 from the year before, according to a report from the Defense Department. The number of Guardsmen who took their own lives went from 91 in 2014 to 121 last year. The figure includes 100 Army Guardsmen... Read more
Washington Report (February 9, 2016) The number of suicides in the National Guard fell significantly in 2014 from the previous year, according to the 2014 Defense Department Suicide Event report released recently. In 2014, 89 Guardsmen took their own lives, compared to 133 in 2013. For the active... Read more
Washington Report (January 5, 2016) Thirty-two National Guard members killed themselves during the third quarter of last year, according to the Pentagon's latest report released Monday. The Quarterly Suicide Report shows five Air Guard members and 27 Army Guard troops committed suicide during the... Read more