The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports that military veterans, more than 8% of whom are Hispanic, can access free mental health services during emergencies today.
There are more than 19.4 million veterans in the United States, of whom more than 1.6 million are Hispanic, and as a result of demographic changes, the VA estimates that by 2045, Hispanics will account for 12% of veterans.
In 2020, the date of the most recent VA report on the matter, there were 6,146 veteran suicides, an average of 16.8 per day, and the suicide rate among veterans was 57.3%, higher than the general population.
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs said, “Veterans in suicidal crisis can now receive the first-class mental health care they deserve, wherever or whenever they need it, and no matter where they receive VA assistance.” registered for or not. ., Dennis McDonough.
“This service extension will save the lives of ex-servicemen and nothing is more important than this,” the official said in a statement.
The free treatment will cover suicide emergency care, inpatient or home care for up to 30 days, and outpatient care for up to 90 days.
The VA will also cover or reimburse transportation costs, fees for medical appointments, and other related expenses.
To access this assistance, veterans must leave active duty after serving more than two years, and for any separation status except dishonorable discharge.
Other eligibility reasons are veterans who spent at least 100 days in combat zones, worked with a robotic aircraft (drones) for more than 100 days, and have been victims of sexual assault or assault.