Starting this week, veterans in crisis can now get free mental health care.
It’s part of a new program from The Department of Veterans Affairs that aims to prevent suicides among veterans.
For Loudoun County veteran Jarrad Davenport, it’s an issue that’s personal.
“I had a good friend of mine who committed suicide and, you know, I think about that and say, ‘Man, what could I have done different?” Davenport said.
“There are so many ongoing crises with vets, especially that have been in any kind of combat situations and have PTSD,” psychotherapist Susan Berlin told News4.
Berlin, who works in Montgomery County, Maryland, said she’s hopeful the new VA benefits will encourage people to ask for help.