Sending Office: Honorable Bonnie Watson Coleman
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        Request for Signature(s)

Help Prevent Suicides Among Veterans by Supporting Funding
for Suicide Prevention/Outreach in FY2020

Deadline: 5:00PM TODAY

To Sign Onto The Letter, Please Fill Out Our Form HERE

Current Cosigners (100): Axne, Beatty, Bera, Beyer, Bost, Boyle, Brindisi, Brown, Brownley, Carbajal, Cardenas, Carson, Castor, Castro, Chu, Cicilline, Connolly, Courtney, Davis (IL-7), DeFazio, DelBene, Demings, DeSaulnier, Deutch, Dingell,
Doyle, Engel, Fitzpatrick, Foster, Fudge, Gabbard, Gonzalez, Gonzalez-Colon, Green (TX-9), Harding, Hastings, Heck, Hill (CA-25), Norton, Jackson Lee, Johnson (TX-30), Johnson (GA-4), Kelly (IL-2), Khanna, Kind, Krishnamoorthi, Larsen, Lee
(CA-13), Lieu, Loebsack, Lowenthal, Lujan, Lynch, Maloney (NY-18), Maloney (NY-12), McEachin, McGovern,
McKinley, Mooney, Moore, Morelle, Napolitano, Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pallone, Jr., Panetta, Pappas, Payne, Jr., Peters, Plaskett, Pressley, Raskin, Rice (NY-4), Rose (NY-11), Rouda, Roybal-Allard, Ruiz, Rush, Schakowsky, Schneider, Schrier,
Scott (GA-13), Shalala, Sires, Soto, Spanberger, Swalwell, Takano, Thompson (CA-5), Titus, Van Drew, Vargas, Veasey, Vela, Waters, Welch, Wexton, Yarmuth,
Yoho, Young

Dear Colleague,

As you may know, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has estimated that an average of 20 veterans die by suicide per day, and in 2018, the VA identified suicide prevention as its highest clinical priority. Congress has a responsibility to fund long-term
mental health care for our veterans. One death by suicide is too many, and more must be done to support the men and women who sacrificed so much to protect our liberty.

In FY 2019, $206 million was awarded in funding for veteran suicide prevention programs and we are asking that this level of funding be increased to at least $222 million for FY 2020. Continuing the momentum to reduce suicides among our former service members
is absolutely necessary.

Please join us in sending the below letter to the Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies in support of at least $222 million in funding for FY 2020 for veteran suicide
prevention programs.

If you’re interested in signing the letter, please fill out our form HERE.

Thank you for your consideration and hope you will join us in this request. For additional information, please contact Brad Korten at 5-5801 or



Bonnie Watson Coleman                     John Katko                            Andy Kim
Member of Congress                           Member of Congress               Member of Congress




                                                                March 28, 2019

The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz               The Honorable John Carter
Chairwoman                                                                Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Military Construction,                    Subcommittee on Military Construction,
Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies                      Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies
U.S. House of Representatives                                    U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515                                               Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz and Ranking Member Carter:

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to the health and well-being of our nation’s veterans. Our veterans have made great sacrifices to ensure the safety and best interests of our nation. Your support of our nation’s great men and women is
sincerely appreciated. We believe that the Committee’s past support goes a long way to help save lives and hope to build on its success.

We know that you share our deep concern about the high rate at which veterans are committing suicide. As you balance a number of competing interests in preparing the final appropriations for FY 2020, we ask that you consider the recent study conducted by
the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs which found the suicide rate for Veterans ages 18-34 increased substantially, from 40.4 suicide deaths per 100,000 in 2015 to 45 suicide deaths per 100,000 in 2016. Overall, the age-and gender-adjusted rates of suicide
were 26.1 per 100,000 for Veterans and 17.4 per 100,000 for non-Veteran adults.

Providing funding for programs that offer suicide prevention counseling and peer-to-peer outreach services has made a dramatic difference in the lives of many veterans. Continuing support for such programs is vital to reducing suicides among our service
members. Accordingly, we ask that you support funding of at least $222 million in FY 2020 for veteran suicide prevention and outreach programs.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this request. 



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BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN      ANDY KIM                                 JOHN KATKO
Member of Congress                          Member of Congress                     Member of Congress

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