Source: KWQC

By Dan Howell

Senator Joni Ernst introduced new legislation to help Veterans get quick access to mental healthcare.

“These veterans fought for us and defended us tirelessly. They endured more than some of us can ever imagine. The invisible wounds of war can no longer go unnoticed,” Ernst said. “Now, it is our duty to do all we can to thank them and ensure they have access to the quality mental health care.”

The legislation would allow a Veteran to seek non-VA mental healthcare. All the veteran would need to do is provide a statement saying they are not receiving adequate or timely care at the VA.

The bill also includes incentives for the hiring mental health care professionals at VA facilities.

If passed the VA would have 90 days to start the program.

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