Exec Order: VA to See Suicidal Veterans in 24 Hours or Less

An executive order signed by President Obama seeks to prevent veteran suicide by increasing focus on veteran mental health services.

Many cases of veterans disability benefits are submitted due to conditions related to mental health. Disabling conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may cause veterans to experience emotional or mental health problems that may, in some cases, lead to suicide.

The recent order from President Obama seeks to further emphasize previous initiatives announced by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). One of the main focuses of the order is that veterans experiencing suicidal thoughts be seen by a mental health professional within 24 hours of reported thoughts or behavior.

The VA has been striving to meet veteran mental health care needs across the nation by increasing specialty personnel at VA hospitals and clinics. An earlier hiring initiative has sought to add 1,900 additional mental health staff members to facilities run by the VA.

The order also creates a partnership between the VA and the Department of Health and Human Services to help connect disabled veterans with community health services. Suicidal veteran cases may also be addressed by local outreach initiatives seeking to improve veteran mental health.

Veteran suicide may be tied to diagnosed disabling conditions that affect veteran mental health, but can also result from physical injuries as well. Combat injuries that result in disability can cause a veteran to experience depression and other mental conditions that may increase suicidal thoughts of behaviors.

When filing for veterans disability benefits, screening for mental health may be an important part of your claim. To learn more about your options for benefits through the VA for a service-connected disabling condition, contact a veterans’ disability attorney.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today 1-855-855-8992.