When it comes to veteran and troop suicide there can be no misses - the stakes are too high and our national responsibility is too great. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and the veteran community have long called for immediate action by our nation's leaders to address the crisis of 20 veterans dying daily from suicide.
The IAVA-led Campaign to Combat Suicide and the passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act in 2015 was a major step forward, but the flood of need continues. 59% of IAVA members surveyed said that they knew a post-9/11 veteran who died by suicide.
Today, new legislation will carry on the legacy of the SAV Act and redouble the national effort to combat veteran suicide. The Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act (S. 785) aims to establish innovative new suicide prevention initiatives, improve access to mental health care, and to hold the VA accountable.
Stand with IAVA and tell Congress to pledge to exercise strong oversight of the VA's implementation of the SAV Act, and to cosponsor the new Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act (S. 785).