VA lifting barrier ‘great,’ but more needed to stop suicide

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Advocates for military veterans say the VA’s effort to remove longstanding barriers to care is “great” but only a short first step to reducing the department’s “top clinical priority” — suicide.

VA Secretary David Shulkin on Wednesday said during a rare White House briefing that reducing suicide was among his top priorities while laying out more than a dozen other areas where he said the department needs money or overhaul to improve the care given to more than 9 million of the nation’s veterans.

That could mean a 5 percent growth in eligible veterans being treated for mental health conditions at Tennessee Valley Health System — the Middle Tennessee area for VA — once the prohibition is officially lifted, said Dr. Michael M. Loscalzo, assistant chief of mental health at TVHS.

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