The Ongoing Battle for Returning Combat Veterans
The Ongoing Battle for Retur

Over the past 10 years, the Veterans Affairs budget has increased from $59.7 billion to $125.3 billion. $40 million in extra Congressional funding was earmarked for military suicide prevention to establish a new crisis line (1-800-273-8255) and Web site that gives vets non-phone options including text and online chat to reach out if they’re contemplating suicide. President Obama signed an executive order in August authorizing the VA to hire additional staff and double the capacity of the crisis line to increase its accessibility.


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