Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition From Uniformed Service to Civilian Life, 1513-1514 [2018-00630]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 9 / Friday, January 12, 2018 / Presidential Documents 1513 Presidential Documents Executive Order 13822 of January 9, 2018 Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition From Uniformed Service to Civilian Life By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to support the health and well-being of uniformed service members and veterans. After serving our Nation, veterans deserve long, fulfilling civilian lives. Accordingly, our Government must improve mental healthcare and access to suicide prevention resources available to veterans, particularly during the critical 1-year period following the transition from uniformed service to civilian life. Most veterans’ experience in uniform increases their resilience and broadens the skills they bring to the civilian workforce. Unfortunately, in some cases within the first year following transition, some veterans can have difficulties reintegrating into civilian life after their military experiences and some tragically take their own lives. Veterans, in their first year of separation from uniformed service, experience suicide rates approximately two times higher than the overall veteran suicide rate. To help prevent these tragedies, all veterans should have seamless access to high-quality mental healthcare and suicide prevention resources as they transition, with an emphasis on the 1-year period following separation. Sec. 2. Implementation. (a) In furtherance of the policy described in section 1 of this order, I hereby direct the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and the Secretary of Homeland Security to collaborate to address the complex challenges faced by our transitioning uniformed service members and veterans. (b) Within 60 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit to the President, through the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, a Joint Action Plan that describes concrete actions to provide, to the extent consistent with law, seamless access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources for transitioning uniformed service members in the year following discharge, separation, or retirement. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with PRES DOCS (c) Within 180 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit to the President, through the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, a status report on the implementation of the Joint Action Plan and how the proposed reforms have been effective in improving mental health treatment for all transitioning uniformed service members and veterans. The report shall include: (i) preliminary progress of reforms implemented by the Joint Action Plan; (ii) any additional reforms that could help further address the problems that obstruct veterans’ access to resources and continuous mental healthcare treatment, including any suggestions for legislative and regulatory reforms; and (iii) a timeline describing next steps and the results anticipated from continued and additional reforms. Sec. 3. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:12 Jan 11, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\12JAE0.SGM 12JAE0 1514 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 9 / Friday, January 12, 2018 / Presidential Documents (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals. (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations. (c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person. THE WHITE HOUSE, January 9, 2018. [FR Doc. 2018–00630 Filed 1–11–18; 8:45 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:12 Jan 11, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\12JAE0.SGM 12JAE0 Trump.EPS</GPH> sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with PRES DOCS Billing code 3295–F8–P

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Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 9 / Friday, January 12, 2018 / 
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                Executive Order 13822 of January 9, 2018

                
Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition 
                From Uniformed Service to Civilian Life

                By the authority vested in me as President by the 
                Constitution and the laws of the United States of 
                America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

                Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United 
                States to support the health and well-being of 
                uniformed service members and veterans. After serving 
                our Nation, veterans deserve long, fulfilling civilian 
                lives. Accordingly, our Government must improve mental 
                healthcare and access to suicide prevention resources 
                available to veterans, particularly during the critical 
                1-year period following the transition from uniformed 
                service to civilian life. Most veterans' experience in 
                uniform increases their resilience and broadens the 
                skills they bring to the civilian workforce. 
                Unfortunately, in some cases within the first year 
                following transition, some veterans can have 
                difficulties reintegrating into civilian life after 
                their military experiences and some tragically take 
                their own lives. Veterans, in their first year of 
                separation from uniformed service, experience suicide 
                rates approximately two times higher than the overall 
                veteran suicide rate. To help prevent these tragedies, 
                all veterans should have seamless access to high-
                quality mental healthcare and suicide prevention 
                resources as they transition, with an emphasis on the 
                1-year period following separation.

                Sec. 2. Implementation. (a) In furtherance of the 
                policy described in section 1 of this order, I hereby 
                direct the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of 
                Veterans Affairs, and the Secretary of Homeland 
                Security to collaborate to address the complex 
                challenges faced by our transitioning uniformed service 
                members and veterans.

                    (b) Within 60 days of the date of this order, the 
                Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Veterans 
                Affairs, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall 
                submit to the President, through the Assistant to the 
                President for Domestic Policy, a Joint Action Plan that 
                describes concrete actions to provide, to the extent 
                consistent with law, seamless access to mental health 
                treatment and suicide prevention resources for 
                transitioning uniformed service members in the year 
                following discharge, separation, or retirement.
                    (c) Within 180 days of the date of this order, the 
                Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Veterans 
                Affairs, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall 
                submit to the President, through the Assistant to the 
                President for Domestic Policy, a status report on the 
                implementation of the Joint Action Plan and how the 
                proposed reforms have been effective in improving 
                mental health treatment for all transitioning uniformed 
                service members and veterans. The report shall include:

(i) preliminary progress of reforms implemented by the Joint Action Plan;

(ii) any additional reforms that could help further address the problems 
that obstruct veterans' access to resources and continuous mental 
healthcare treatment, including any suggestions for legislative and 
regulatory reforms; and

(iii) a timeline describing next steps and the results anticipated from 
continued and additional reforms.

                Sec. 3. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order 
                shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

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(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or 
the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget 
relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

                    (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with 
                applicable law and subject to the availability of 
                appropriations.
                    (c) This order is not intended to, and does not, 
                create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, 
                enforceable at law or in equity by any party against 
                the United States, its departments, agencies, or 
                entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any 
                other person.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

                THE WHITE HOUSE,

                    January 9, 2018.

[FR Doc. 2018-00630
Filed 1-11-18; 8:45 am]
Billing code 3295-F8-P