United States- Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) brought together a bipartisan group of lawmakers today to call for a stronger response to the epidemic of veteran suicide. Sinema led her colleagues in a ‘special order’ on the House floor to speak in recognition of September as Suicide Prevention Month and raise awareness how it affects American veterans. Sinema has led the special order every one of her six years in Congress.
“We lose an estimated 20 veterans to suicide every day. It’s unacceptable,” said Congresswoman Sinema. “Today we’ve come together for those who served our nation. No one who returns home from serving our country should ever feel like he or she has nowhere to turn. The only way to achieve real, lasting change for our nation’s bravest men and women is to bring both parties together to solve this problem. We won’t quit working until every veteran has the care he or she needs.
Today’s bipartisan gathering continues Congresswoman Sinema’s long-standing commitment to improving American veterans’ access to mental health resources. In 2015, she introduced the Sergeant Daniel Somers Classified Veterans Access to Care Act, which was signed into law in 2016.
The law expands VA care to ensure veterans with classified experiences have appropriate access to mental health services. Sinema offered her legislation after hearing from the parents of a young Arizonan who tragically lost his life to suicide after he was unable to get the care he needed at the VA.
Joining Congresswoman Sinema were Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08), Congresswoman Ann Kuster (NH-02), Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06), Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18), Congressman French Hill (AR-02).
SOURCE: news provided by sinema.house.gov on September 14, 2018.