President Obama Signs Veterans Suicide Prevention Act

Feb. 13, 2015

After being held up by a single Senator last year, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act passed both houses of Congress unanimously and was signed by President Obama yesterday. Along with veteran service organizations and the military and veteran communities, NAMI supporters rallied to advocate for this significant legislation.

The Clay Hunt SAV Act was named in honor of Clay Hunt a marine who served our country honorably. After serving multiple tours, Clay volunteered in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. He then focused on helping other veterans, who like himself were dealing with conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. Tragically Clay died by suicide in 2011 like the 22 veterans who die by suicide each day.

This law is designed to expand suicide prevention programs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the following ways:

  • Streamline the transition for exiting service members
  • Enhance peer support for troubled veterans
  • Implement a mandatory annual survey of VA mental health and suicide prevention programs
  • Recruit psychiatrists into the VA

Clay dedicated himself to helping others. We hope this law will continue his efforts as an important step in addressing the mental health of our veterans and service members.

Comments
essie williams
I am extremely grateful for all of the legislation and bills our Congressman and Senators have passed in regards to ensuring mentally disabled veterans receive adequate, quality health care. There is only one problem: When laws, rules, regulations, policies are completely, ruthlessly, and systemically disregarded by employees, staff, leadership officials, providers who must execute them.
5/9/2015 4:42:15 AM

Belkys Adames
As a mother of a Veteran with a condition (squizofrenia, paranoia) thank..... god bless everyone who worked on this for our veterans
2/26/2015 4:02:01 PM

Jill Lovern
So necessary to help the veterans and all those that suffer from mental illness without any stigma and persecution. I truly hope this will help them.
2/26/2015 10:22:26 AM

Dannie Holland
My husband is a veteran and suffers with PTSD, manic depression, bi-polar and is angry with the world.
2/25/2015 10:42:26 PM

rRobert
Thanks, for some interesting articles to read up on and follow-up on.
2/21/2015 1:32:46 AM

darci
God bless all who work to expand this much needed help for our Veterans. We are woefully under supported in this arena.
2/14/2015 10:40:53 AM

Ruth Rubinstein
too little, -- much, much too late. Where have you been since 1985??????
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2/13/2015 11:18:44 PM

Helen Pineda
Thank you so much!
2/13/2015 7:06:49 PM