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Does The Military Do Enough For Veterans With Mental Health Issues?

 Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks during a press briefing in Bridgewater, N.J.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais
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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin

When service members are discharged from the military, the degree to which they can receive benefits from Veterans Affairs depends largely on their characterization of service.

There are five categories ranging from "honorable" to "dishonorable" discharge. For service members who receive "other than honorable,""bad conduct,"and "dishonorable," mental health care options are limited.

This was the case for Devin Kelley, who killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas earlier this month. Kelley received a “bad conduct” designation after he was courtmartialed for domestic assault in 2012.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Carson Frame, military and veterans issues reporter for Texas Public Radio and correspondent for the American Homefront Project, about veterans' access to mental health care with the VA.

Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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