Struggling veterans get mental health assistance under new program

Veterans struggling with addiction and psychiatric issues will soon be able to get the care they need.
Former Gov. Jim McGreevey was back at the New Jersey State House in Trenton on Thursday to announce a partnership with Hackensack Meridian and other providers.
The program aims to help those who left the military with an “other than honorable” discharge who have been left out of current programs.
“What we’re doing here is we’re providing services in real-time to help people come back into society, and God willing, save lives,” McGreevey says.
“They’re just looking for simple mental health and because they aren’t able to get mental health, unfortunately, they become part of the statistic of 22 veterans that are committing suicide every day,” says retired Marine Sgt. Brett Dalessandro.
Other than Honorable discharge, veterans will also be able to get free 30-day clinical stays for substance abuse treatment at The University of Pennsylvania at Princeton and Discovery Institute in Marlboro.