Rush to privatize veterans’ health care sets off alarms

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Opinion

April 11, 2018 - 11:00 PM

In regards to health care, the VA is unique in its demands for mental health services, a consequence of routine exposure to conflict.

Former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin pushed for expanding such services during his tenure. Suicide prevention is a top priority. About 20 U.S. veterans commit suicide every day, Shulkin said in a hearing before the House Veterans Affairs Committee last year.

Shulkin was instrumental in the revamping of the VA so that veterans with urgent primary and mental health-care needs could access same-day services.

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