Opinion: Addressing veteran suicide is a top priority for the Trump administration


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    President Trump recently signed an executive order establishing the PREVENTS Initiative aimed at combatting suicide among our veterans.

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    According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans are one and a half times more likely than non-veterans to commit suicide.

    Our country has let our veterans down for too long with the VA historically underfunded, undermanned and plagued by controversy, most notably a rash of veteran deaths caused by long wait times at VA hospitals.

    The Trump administration has taken meaningful steps towards improving quality of life for these valuable individuals – making it easier to remove the entrenched bureaucrats that have failed the VA system and setting up a 24-hour hotline for veterans manned by real people.

    Now, this executive order will provide “roadmaps” to better equip state governments and local industry with tools and services for veterans to fight the growing suicide epidemic plaguing our veteran population.

    Here’s the bottom line: These men and women signed a blank check with their lives on the dotted line. It is disgraceful that President Trump has had to clean up the mess left behind by prior administrations.

    I am glad that our veterans remain a top priority for the Trump administration, and I look forward to seeing our veterans receive the amazing care that they deserve.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

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