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Veterans will get more assistance

Special to The News-Courier

WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in collaboration with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security have introduced a new program to ensure veterans are contacted during initial transition.

VA Solid Start will engage contact with about 200,000 veterans each year and is part of an executive order to improve mental health care and access to suicide prevention sources.

“The stress of transition from service can lead to challenges on unmet health care needs for veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Through VA Solid Start, the department will ensure consistent, carrying contact and help new veterans get a solid start on their civilian lives.”

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