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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Representing the 30th District of Texas

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Releases Statement Discussing Funding for Mental Health Resources in the Veterans Community

Mar 26, 2018
Press Release

DALLAS, TX – Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the following statement discussing mental health services and protections for veterans that were reflected in the Fiscal Year 2018 spending legislation signed by President Trump on Friday, March 23, 2018:

Last week, Congress passed a funding that bill that increased funding services and care for veterans across the country, including Dallas. The following are a few major policies that Congresswoman Johnson proudly supported and is hopeful that it will positively impact veterans and their families:

  • $295 million for Veterans Employment and Training;
  • $8.4 billion provided for VA mental health services and programs;
  • $10 million provided for the Veterans Crisis Line;
  • $22 million provided for the National Centers for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

“The recent spending bill signed into law provides an equal opportunity for mental health screenings and health services for those in our veteran community,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “Prior to serving in Congress, I worked as a registered nurse at the VA hospital in Dallas, so I recognize the critical importance of providing adequate mental and behavioral health care for veterans. These men and women have endured tremendous stress and have sacrificed so much in the line of duty.  Our veterans deserve only the best care that our nation can offer.”

If you would like to participate and learn more about the mental health resources available to veterans and their family members, join us for a day-long event highlighting mental health recovery for Veterans and their families on Thursday, March 29, 2018. This collaborative event sponsored by UTD's Center for Brain Health, Dallas VAMC, Jansen Pharmaceuticals and Metrocare will feature educational opportunities, practical skill-building and information about resources relevant to the needs of Veterans and their families. For more information, click here.

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