Gillibrand calls for more mental health services for service members

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is renewing her efforts to improve military personnel’s access to mental health care.

A study from the "Costs of War" found suicides among active duty personnel and veterans outpaces deaths in post 9/11 military operations 4 to 1.

Sen. Gillibrand wrote a letter to Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. She wants the Department of Defense to have licensed behavioral health providers available to conduct yearly in-person mental health exams.

She also wants pre-separation exams for all service members.

Right now, 28 days is the average waiting time to see a therapist.