Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Department of Veterans Affairs now says that US military veterans can get free emergency care if they are in a suicidal crisis. The treatment can be at any health care facility, starting yesterday.

Veterans do not need to be enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs system to get the treatment. Vets can dial 9-8-8 followed by pressing “one” to quickly connect to support, at any time. The VA wants to reduce the national veteran suicide rate by 20 percent. By 20-25.