Trump aims to stem vet suicide with outreach, local grants

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is seeking to stem the number of veteran suicides with a plan to boost outreach by awarding grants to community programs.

Trump is signing an order Tuesday that directs his agencies to develop the plan within 12 months.

A new task force will look to create a grant system similar to the Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing program, which provides funding to state and local programs. It will also aim to better coordinate research on suicide across agencies.

Currently, about 20 veterans die by suicide each day, nearly twice the rate among the civilian population. Officials say about 14 of those 20 were not under VA care, pointing to a need for improved outreach.

The White House did not indicate expected costs of the program.

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US First Lady Melania Trump arrives to board a plane at Andrews Air Force Base for a three state overnight trip March 4, 2019 in Maryland. - The First Lady travels to Oklahoma, Washington, and Nevada as part of her 'Be Best' tour. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - US First Lady Melania Trump boards a plane at Andrews Air Force Base for a three state overnight trip March 4, 2019 in Maryland. - The First Lady travels to Oklahoma, Washington, and Nevada as part of her 'Be Best' tour. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump arrives to board a plane at Andrews Air Force Base for a three state overnight trip March 4, 2019 in Maryland. - The First Lady travels to Oklahoma, Washington, and Nevada as part of her 'Be Best' tour. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump arrives to board a plane at Andrews Air Force Base for a three state overnight trip March 4, 2019 in Maryland. - The First Lady travels to Oklahoma, Washington, and Nevada as part of her 'Be Best' tour. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump arrives to board a plane at Andrews Air Force Base for a three state overnight trip March 4, 2019 in Maryland. - The First Lady travels to Oklahoma, Washington, and Nevada as part of her 'Be Best' tour. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump(2ndR) arrives at Tulsa International Airport on March 4, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. - The First Lady is travelling to Oklahoma, Washington, and Nevada as part of her 'Be Best' tour. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump arrives at Tulsa International Airport on March 4, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. - The First Lady is travelling to Oklahoma, Washington, and Nevada as part of her 'Be Best' tour. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump visits a prekindergarten class at the Dove School of Discovery on March 4, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. - The First Lady is travelling to Oklahoma, Washington, and Nevada as part of her 'Be Best' tour. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump visits a prekindergarten class at the Dove School of Discovery on March 4, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. - The First Lady is travelling to Oklahoma, Washington, and Nevada as part of her 'Be Best' tour. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump visits a prekindergarten class at the Dove School of Discovery on March 4, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. - The First Lady is travelling to Oklahoma, Washington, and Nevada as part of her 'Be Best' tour. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump visits a prekindergarten class at the Dove School of Discovery on March 4, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. - The First Lady is travelling to Oklahoma, Washington, and Nevada as part of her 'Be Best' tour. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump visits a prekindergarten class at the Dove School of Discovery on March 4, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. - The First Lady is travelling to Oklahoma, Washington, and Nevada as part of her 'Be Best' tour. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump visits a 6th grade science class at the Dove School of Discovery March 4, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. - The First Lady is travelling to Oklahoma, Washington, and Nevada as part of her 'Be Best' tour. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump visits a 2nd grade language arts class at the Dove School of Discovery on March 4, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. - The First Lady is travelling to Oklahoma, Washington, and Nevada as part of her 'Be Best' tour. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump visits a 2nd grade language arts class at the Dove School of Discovery on March 4, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. - The First Lady is travelling to Oklahoma, Washington, and Nevada as part of her 'Be Best' tour. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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