New Law Extends Mental Health Services to National Guard and Reserve Troops

The Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act – a law aimed at reducing veteran suicides by extending mental health services to National Guard and Reserve troops who were previously not entitled to such services – was recently signed into law.

According to an article published by, “The VA already was authorized to provide counseling through Vet Centers to veterans and service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve who served on active military duty…But members of the National Guard, Reserve or Coast Guard who participated in a drug interdiction or responded to a national emergency, major disaster or civil disorder were not eligible to receive Vet Center care, even though such service can have serious mental health consequences, Roe and Dunn said. The new law extends that eligibility to these individuals.”

Relevant pages: Veterans Disability