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Helping vets with mental health issues

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick helped introduce legislation that would expand access to Vet Center mental health counseling

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick joined a bipartisan coalition of House members to introduce legislation that would expand access to Vet Center mental health counseling across a wide breadth of American communities.

Vet Centers provide a range of services to veterans and their families, including mental health counseling to combat veterans and those who suffered military sexual assault, as well as bereavement services to families of servicemembers who die on duty. Vet Centers’ practice of providing services to families in addition to the affected veterans is unique in the VA veteran care space.

“Our veterans put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms, and the very least we can do is provide them with the care they’ve earned,” Fitzpatrick said. “Our bipartisan legislation will achieve that by expanding VA Vet Centers in communities that need it most and ensure that our hero veterans have access to adequate and affordable health care, including critical mental health services, as they transition to civilian life.”

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