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By Leo Shane III

March 7, 2017

 

 

WASHINGTON -- Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said his department

will start offering mental health services for veterans with

other-than-honorable dismissals as soon as possible, saying the issue is too

important to wait for congressional intervention. 

 

"We have some authorities to do that," he told members of the House

Veterans' Affairs Committee on Tuesday night. "So many veterans are just

disconnected from our system. The 20 a day committing suicide are not

getting the care they need.