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VA Secretary Bob McDonald Discusses Atlanta Crisis Call Center

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald during a panel discussion as part of the White House Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald during a panel discussion as part of the White House Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald, speaking with Denis O'Hayer on “Morning Edition”

President Barack Obama is due in Atlanta later Monday to raise campaign funds for Democrats and to address the convention of the Disabled American Veterans.  

The president’s visit comes just a day after his Veterans Affairs Secretary, Bob McDonald, announced the opening of a new call center in Atlanta, which will handle the increased volume of mental health crisis calls.  

The idea is to cut the number of veteran suicides, which continues at an estimated average rate of more than 20 per day.  On “Morning Edition,” host Denis O’Hayer spoke with McDonald.