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.