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Obama to announce VA initiatives today

Aug. 26, 2014 - 03:18PM   |  
By Leo Shane III Staff writer   |   Comments
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President Obama speaks at the American Legion's 96th National Convention on Aug. 26 in Charlotte, N.C. , (Saul Loeb / Getty Images)

President Obama is expected today to announce a recruiting campaign to bring thousands of medical professionals into Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals.

The expansion of the medical ranks is just one of several executive actions the White House is planning to reveal, including more than $100 million in new suicide prevention efforts, the automatic enrollment of troops with mental-health issues in VA care programs, and a guide for civilian physicians on how to identify and treat post-traumatic stress.

President Obama will detail the new initiatives during his remarks at the annual American Legion convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Officials said the moves are designed to ensure the government is “fulfilling promises to service members, veterans and their families.”

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