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Obama unveils military veterans mental health initiative

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 01:38

August 10 - President Barack Obama tells disabled veterans the U.S. will support them ''as long as you and your families walk the earth.'' Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama proposed a broad five-point plan on Friday (August 10) intended to help improve conditions for military veterans. Addressing an enthusiastic crowd of veterans in Orlando, Florida who came from several U.S. wars, Obama unveiled five key initiatives he said were designed to make the U.S. take better care of its veterans. The plan would increase budgeting for veteran resources, improve healthcare including for female veterans, attack the backlog in healthcare claims, lower homelessness among vets and increase educational and employment resources. "When we talk about fulfilling our promises to all who serve, we're not just talking about a few years, we're talking about decades, for as long as you and your families walk the earth," Obama said. Obama also unveiled what he described as a national action plan for veteran mental health which would, he said, better prevent, diagnose and treat mental health conditions among veterans such as PTSD. The plan includes a proposed $100 million for research.

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Obama unveils military veterans mental health initiative

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 01:38