Statement in Response to Executive Order on Supporting Veterans During Transition to Civilian Life

WASHINGTON – Following is the statement of Arthur C. Evans, PhD, chief executive officer of the American Psychological Association, in response to the executive order, “Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition from Uniformed Service to Civilian Life,” signed today:

"APA and our affiliated APA Practice Organization welcome the signing of ’Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition from Uniformed Service to Civilian Life.’ It represents an important commitment from the administration to provide seamless access to mental health care throughout a period when many who have served in our nation's military are at significant risk for readjustment issues, clinical levels of distress and even suicide.

“In particular, we applaud efforts to remove barriers to veterans seeking and receiving high-quality, effective, evidence-based care at the Department of Veterans Affairs, both by automatically enrolling servicemembers in VA care during transition and by expanding the VA's cutting-edge tele-mental health capacity. APA supports the VA in continuing to collaborate with community providers, with important requirements in place to prioritize fully resourcing VA mental health programs, ensure that VA is the coordinator of all care and demand that outside mental health care providers meet VA's high standards in using evidence-based treatments."

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA's membership includes nearly 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.