Sending Office: Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee
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Lily.Rathbun@mail.house.gov

Support Veterans by Becoming a Co-Sponsor of H.R. 2898, the “Buddy Check Week Act”

May 23, 2019

 

Sponsors: Julia Brownley (CA-26), Anthony Brown (MD-04), John Katko (NY-24), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), John Lewis (GA-05), Jim Banks (IN-03)

Dear Colleague:

I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor of H.R. 2898, the “Buddy Check Week Act,” which provides support and training to organize outreach events and educate veterans on how to conduct peer wellness checks and recognize signs of problems in fellow veterans
that indicate suicide risks.

The Buddy Check Week Act directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in consultation with veterans, non-profits that serve veterans, mental health experts, and members of the Armed Forces, to develop and implement collaborative education opportunities for
veterans to learn how to conduct wellness checks. The VA will provide online or in-person training to individuals, as well as provide opportunities for Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) to learn how to: train individuals to conduct peer wellness checks,
transfer phone calls to the Veterans Crisis Line, and be resilient when handling a veteran in crisis.

The bill is modeled after the American Legion’s “Buddy Check National Week of Calling,” held March 11-16, 2019. The American Legion unveiled this new initiative to connect past and present veterans and ensure that they receive the care they need.

A Buddy Check Week will provide the time, space, and resources needed to help these veterans through personal interaction and kindness. This legislation will amplify the work of the American Legion and support efforts to conduct outreach to Veterans across
the nation.

To become a co-sponsor contact Lillie Coney, at lillie.coney@mail.house.gov or call 202-225-3816.

Very truly yours,

Sheila Jackson Lee

MEMBER OF CONGRESS

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