Mass. AG gives $500k in grants to veterans

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BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has awarded $500,000 in grants to help provide access to mental health services to state veterans and their families.

Five organizations were picked to receive the grants using funding from a 2012 settlement with the Life Insurance Company of North America.

Four of the programs funded by Attorney General Martha Coakley's office will provide increased services to military veterans and current service members, and family members. The fifth program will provide increased suicide prevention education to school districts in the state.

Coakley said access to mental health services is as critical as physical health care to many veterans who suffer from anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and substance abuse.