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President Obama's Executive Order Seeks to Help Veterans

Close to a quarter-million new veterans have been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). While the VA has increased its mental health staff by 41 per cent and its spending on mental health services by 39 per cent, many injured veterans are not getting timely or adequate mental health services. The average wait time for a veteran to see a mental health counselor is 50 days, according to a VA Inspector General Report. About 18 veterans a day are committing suicide, according to the VA. The VA's suicide hotline receives about 17,000 calls a day.

Responding to these issues, President Barack Obama issued an executive order this past week expanding the mental health services for veterans. Under the executive order, the VA must ensure that all veterans receive an initial assessment within 24 hours; the VA must expand the capacity of the suicide hotline by 50 per cent by the end of the year; the VA was ordered to hire an additional 800 veterans to provide counseling. Also, every veteran household whose home was foreclosed since 2006 must be reviewed to determine with the home was wrongfully foreclosed upon. Any veterans whose home was wrongfully foreclosed will be compensated for lost equity, interest, and a refund of any monies lost.