Veterans eligible for free mental health care

Beginning today, all U.S. military veterans in suicidal crisis are eligible for free care at any VA or private facility.

Unlike for most other medical benefits, veterans do not have to be enrolled in the VA system to be eligible for the free emergency mental health care.  That means more than 18 million veterans in the U.S. could be eligible.

The new policy will include up to 30 days of inpatient or crisis residential care and up to 90 days of follow-on outpatient care.

If the veterans receive care at a private facility, the government will cover the costs. The VA will also reimburse veterans for ambulance rides to hospitals.

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