UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — President Donald Trump is hoping to tackle the increasing number of veteran suicides by improving mental health care for the high-risk group.
Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 9 to provide more mental health care benefits to service members transitioning to civilian life.
The order, which takes effect on March 9, will provide all new veterans with mental health care for at least a year after they leave the military.
Trump directed the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Veterans Affairs to iron out the details and develop a joint plan within 60 days.
About 20 veterans die by suicide per day in the U.S.
According to government statistics, the suicide rate among veterans in the first year after they leave the military is twice the average among veterans overall.