Trump Failed To Address Veterans’ Mental Health
August 26, 2020
Trump broke his promises to address veterans’ mental health.
Trump failed to lower the high rate of veteran suicide.
New York Times: “The suicide rate among veterans — one of Mr. Wilkie’s stated priorities — has not been reduced. The Trump administration’s cutbacks at the post office have hit some veterans, who say they are unable to get their prescriptions by mail.”
Trump’s Department of Veterans Affairs left unused millions in funding intended for reducing the rate of veteran suicide.
Military Times: “The Government Accountability Office study found that of $6.2 million set aside for suicide prevention media outreach in fiscal 2018, only $57,000 — less than 1 percent — was actually used.”
Trump’s plan to prevent veteran suicide was criticized as inadequate and lacking in the resources necessary to address the problem—and ignored input from experts and veterans groups.
Associated Press: “Jeremy Butler, the CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America… said he was disappointed by a lack of direct action to address root causes, such as fixing barriers to education and jobs, improving housing opportunities and expanding access to health care. ‘All these things are stressors that exacerbate mental health conditions and lead to a point of crisis,’ he said.”
Washington Post: “A lack of involvement with experts who have worked on veterans issues for years may have slowed down the process, Butler said. ‘This should have and could have been done in a fraction of the time,’ he added. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) said in a statement Wednesday that it was ‘disappointing’ the plan was advanced with ‘limited input’ from veterans groups and lawmakers.”