One of President Trump’s top priorities for his presidential term, as he announced in his 2016 campaign is to take care of our country’s veterans.
Some even argue that aside from immigration, this was the thing he talked about the most during his campaign. In the past year he has made big effort to reform the VA and to deliver for those who deserve our respect and gratitude the most.
According to the Washington Examiner, the President has signed a bill, this Saturday that provides over 2 billion dollars as financial support for opening up new Veterans Affair department medical facilities and fund care for vets who look for medical care outside the government.
As a report from the Daily Wire states, Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday which gives secretaries of defense, homeland security and veterans affairs instructions to improve access to mental health care, for veterans while they are in their first year since they got out of the armed forces.
He declared : “We want them to get the highest care and the care that they so richly deserve. It’s something that is a top priority. … They get out of the military and they have nobody to talk to. It’s a very sad situation.”
David Shulkin, the VA Secretary noted that this one-year period after leaving the service is the period when there is a highest chance for suicide. Stating that around 20 veterans commit suicide every day.
According to him this is an “unacceptable number.” Shulkin added, “I’ve identified the issue of preventing veteran suicides as one of our top priorities.” He also said that sadly, only 40% of all military members have mental health coverage.
Another report by Axios says that President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday titled “Supporting our Veterans during their Transition from Uniformed Service to Civilian Life.”
They say this is important because he directed the Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs secretaries to come up with a strategy, within 60 days, for “seamless access” for veterans to funds that will ensure a 12 months worth of coverage for mental health treatments and suicide prevention.
The fact that our President genuinely cares very deeply about the troops is so fascinating. He even attended the college football national championship game on Monday in the company of some soldiers.
President Trump understands that no one deserves our gratitude more then our veterans and he is making sure to let them know this, every day.