Schumer seeks emergency protocol for ill vets

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling for an overhaul of mental health care for veterans in the wake of the recent Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C.

Schumer recommends 24-hour emergency resource centers operated by Veterans Affairs health facilities. Local police would be able to report concerns about the mental health of a veteran to the recourse centers.

The plan would involve 43 veterans health facilities in upstate New York alone that would be able to take police reports of veterans threatening to hurt themselves or others.

The proposal comes after the shootings by a contractor and veteran who had said he had some symptoms that could have prompted a mental health review before the tragedy. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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