House Passes Bill Intended To Reduce Suicides Among Military Personnel, Veterans

The AP (1/13, Daly) reports that the House of Representatives, “for the second time in five weeks…has approved a bill aimed at reducing a suicide epidemic that claims the lives of 22 military veterans every day.” HR 5059, the Clay Hunt SAV Act, “a bill named for…a 26-year-old veteran who killed himself in 2011, was approved unanimously” yesterday. The measure “would require the Pentagon and the Veterans Affairs Department to submit to independent reviews of their suicide prevention programs and would establish a website to provide information on mental health services available to veterans.”

The Washington Times (1/13, Klimas) reports that this same bill “stalled in the Senate last month” over the “objections by retired Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, who said the $22 million price tag was too high for a bill that duplicated already-existing programs.” This time, however, the measure is anticipated “to easily reach the president’s desk.”

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— “HOUSE AGAIN BACKS BILL TO LOWER SUICIDE RATE AMONG VETS,” Matthew Daly, Associated Press, January 12, 2015.

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