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Lawmakers Work to Establish Improved Mental Healthcare for Alabama Veterans

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDNews) – Alabama lawmakers are working to establish a new committee, the Veteran’s Mental Health Steering Committee, which hopes to create better access-to-care programs tailored specifically for veterans. 

Although there are resources available nationally, many veterans have pointed out a lack of accessibility in the state of Alabama for veterans in need of mental healthcare. 

Over 377,000 veterans live in the state of Alabama, with 13.93% living in the Wiregrass area. 

Veterans struggling with mental health-related issues are encouraged to talk to a family member, or people they have served with, and reach out to a doctor, or a mental health professional according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. 

The Veterans Crisis Line can be reached by calling 988 and pressing 1 or texting 838255. 

More information for resources available to veterans struggling with mental health can be accessed at mentalhealth.va.gov.