These rules are coming more than a year after passage of law requiring changes.

The Pentagon is moving forward with a series of changes to mental health care access required by a 2021 law that was passed in memory of a sailor who killed himself in 2018 after receiving little help from leaders.

Named after Brandon Caserta, the Brandon Act will be adopted at a ceremony at the Pentagon Friday, according to defense officials as well as Caserta’s parents. It will likely be a few more weeks before it goes into full effect with every service branch.

“It should not have taken this long for something that can save lives, but we are very excited that the DoD is finally going to implement the Brandon Act,” Caserta’s mother, Teri Caserta, told in a phone interview Thursday. “This implementation of the Brandon Act not only continues Brandon’s legacy, but it’s going to save lives.”


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