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Esty touts House passage of Women Veterans Peer Counseling Enhancement Act

5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty is touting House passage of her Women Veterans Peer Counseling Enhancement Act.  It directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase the number of peer-to-peer counselors providing counseling for women veterans. She says the bill will help to ensure that women in uniform, who often face higher risks for serious mental and behavioral health challenges, will receive the care and support they deserve.  Esty is a ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.  The VA Peer Support Program currently employs more than 1,000 peer counselors in VA health care facilities and Community Based Outpatient Clinics around the country who are trained to help veterans manage and overcome mental health conditions, substance use disorders, homelessness, and other challenges.

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