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Inhofe files bill to help mental health care in VA system

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KSWO) - There could soon be more mental health help for our nation's veterans under a bill by U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma.

Right now, the VA can only hire mental health professionals with a master's degree, which prevents those who skip it to get a higher doctoral degree from working for the VA. 

Senator Inhofe has filed a bill to change what he says inadvertently prevents the hiring of individuals who earned a doctorate without obtaining a master’s degree in the process.  

Inhofe says "We owe our nation’s veterans a debt of gratitude for their service and we must ensure our nation fulfills our promise to care for them in return, Veterans seeking care for mental health issues stemming from the sacrifices they made in service to our nation deserve the best healthcare that we can provide. My legislation will help ensure all highly qualified licensed professional mental health counselors are eligible for hire at the VA. No longer can we stand by while our veterans experience long waits and failure to get adequate treatment because of shortages within the VA. I will be working to get this common-sense legislation moved through the Senate as Congress continues to work together to reform the VA.”

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