Sending Office: Honorable David Loebsack
Sent By:
Erin.Schnell@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Become an Original Cosponsor of the Bipartisan Sgt. Brandon Ketchum Never Again Act

Cosponsors in the 115th Congress (49): Barletta; Bustos; Cardenas; Cooper; Curbelo; Delaney;
Denham; DeSantis; Emmer; Faso; Gabbard; Gallego; Garamendi;
Gibbs; Goodlatte; Himes; Jones; Katko; Kelly;
King (NY); Lewis; Lipinski; LoBiondo; Lofgren; Luján; McCaul; Moulton; Napolitano; Norcross; O’Rourke; Olson;
Paulsen; Quigley; Radewagen; Rooney; Ryan (OH); Sablan;
Sessions; Shea-Porter; Slaughter; Soto; Swalwell; Valadao; Vargas; Veasey; Vela;
Weber; Young (AK)

 

Dear Colleague:

Please join me as an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Sgt. Brandon Ketchum Never Again Act, which makes sure that no veteran seeking in-patient psychiatric care at a VA Medical Center is ever denied such care again. 

Several years ago in my district, a veteran named Sgt. Brandon Ketchum died by suicide after being denied in-patient psychiatric care at a VA Medical Center. Tragically, this is not the first time a veteran has asked to be admitted for mental health care
at the VA in this country and been denied. This is unacceptable and Congress must take action to ensure that this never happens again.

The Sgt. Brandon Ketchum Never Again Act would require that when a veteran enrolled in the VA health care system requests at a VA Medical Center to be admitted for in-patient psychiatric care, the VA must provide that care for the veteran in the psychiatric
ward of that Medical Center. If there are not enough beds or providers at that location, the VA must find care for the veteran at a non-VA facility. The bill would not prevent admissions as they currently operate, but rather would supplement existing policy.
 For example, if a veteran displays suicidal ideations but does not explicitly request to be admitted to the in-patient psychiatric ward, his or her doctor could still recommend admission.

Please join me and Representative Stivers in empowering veterans across the country.  If you have any questions or would like to be added as a cosponsor, please contact Erin Schnell in Rep. Loebsack’s office at Erin.Schnell@mail.house.gov or
Mimi Bair in Rep. Stivers’s office at Mimi.Bair@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

 

Dave Loebsack
Member of Congress

Steve Stivers
Member of Congress

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