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    Army Sparks Outrage with Delay of ‘Brandon Act’ Implementation

    Army Sparks Outrage with Delay of ‘Brandon Act' Implementation

    Leaders at Cavazos in Texas held a “call to action” on Aug. 16 — a day to focus on mental health, suicide prevention, intervention and access to care and services — following the suicide deaths of three soldiers assigned to the post.

    In the wake of the deaths, however, the parents who pushed for a new Defense Department policy that improves troops' access to mental health care after their Navy sailor son died by suicide question why the is late in implementing the policy.

    “[The Army has] a campaign, ‘people first,' but clearly, that's not working,” said Teri Caserta, mother of Brandon Caserta, who died in , Virginia, in 2018. “Not having the Brandon Act implemented is completely irresponsible.”

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    As part of the National Defense Authorization Act, Congress passed the Brandon Act in late 2021, requiring the services to implement a policy that would allow service members to request a mental health appointment at any time and receive an immediate response.

    The Defense Department issued the instruction related to the law on May 5 of this year, requiring the military services to draft and institute their Brandon Act policies within 45 days. With the deadline of June 19, the Navy and Marine Corps announced their policy July 11, followed by the Air on Aug. 7.

    The Army has yet to issue its policy and did…

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