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Trump Signs Executive Order to Aid in Veteran Suicide Prevention

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Trump Signs Executive Order to Aid in Veteran Suicide Prevention

Trump Signs Executive Order to Aid in Veteran Suicide Prevention

Trump Signs Executive Order to Aid in Veteran Suicide Prevention The initiative is called the “President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy on Suicide (PREVENTS Initiative).” Between 2008 and 2017 more than 54,000 veterans committed suicide.

A task force led by VA Secretary Robert Wilkie will coordinate efforts across the federal government and provide grants for new programs. Their goal is to create a national plan that will address current issues and increase the overall effectiveness of suicide-prevention outreach.

Since Trump’s election, veteran suicide-prevention outreach has declined, with the VA agency only having spent $57,000 of their allotted $6 million budget.

The PREVENTS Initiative will also incentivize government departments to share data and bolster suicide research.

Veteran Affairs Secretary Peter O’Rourke, via statement.

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