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Committee Leaders Support Mental Health Care Executive Order

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Washington, January 9, 2018 | Tiffany Haverly (202-225-3527) | comments

Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), along with committee leaders Reps. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) and Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), released the following statements following President Trump’s executive order on mental health care for transitioning veterans:

“Ensuring servicemembers have the resources and support they need to successfully transition from active duty to civilian life is one of our highest duties,” said Chairman Roe. “This executive order will explore new avenues to provide this critical support, and I thank President Trump for his continued commitment to the health and wellbeing of the men and women who serve.”

“The men and women who serve in our armed forces acquire unparalleled skills and a unique perspective which prepares them to reintegrate into their communities,” said General Jack Bergman, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. “We owe it to our Veterans to prepare them for their next step in life. President Trump’s executive order prioritizes seamless access to mental health services for Veterans and builds on the positive work of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee to make their transition successful.”

“The transition from military to civilian life often is difficult,” said Colonel Brad Wenstrup, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health. “The sooner we assist those in transition, the more positive the results will be. I support President Trump’s action, and appreciate the concern from the Commander-in-chief.”

"As a Marine Corps combat veteran, I deeply appreciate the fact that President Trump wants to focus on making the transition easier for our men and women in uniform during their transition to civilian life, especially for our combat veterans suffering from the invisible wounds of war,” said U.S. Representative Mike Coffman, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Military Personnel

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