H.R. 4099 – Homeless Veteran Families Act

While homelessness among our nation’s veterans has recently declined by 47 percent, 39, 471 veterans are still homeless in the U.S. Veterans still account for over nine percent of all homeless adults and so there is more work to do for our homeless veterans.
This is why I urge you to join me in combating veteran homelessness by cosponsoring H.R. 4099, the
‘Homeless Veteran Families Act’.

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Prevent Overmedication and Combat Suicide Among Veterans: Cosponsor H.R. 2652, the Veteran Overmedication Prevention Act

As you know, the statistics related to veteran suicide and the overprescription of drugs to our nation’s veterans are striking. Every day, an average of 20 veterans die from suicide, and in 2014, veterans accounted for 18% of all deaths from suicide. The
risk of suicide is 21% higher for veterans than for the average U.S. adult. Furthermore, since 2001, we have seen a dramatic increase in narcotics prescriptions, and in the largest veteran populations, veterans die from accidental narcotic overdose at a 33%
higher rate than the rest of the population.

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H.R. 2147, Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act

While many veterans successfully readjust and transition back to civilian life after their military service, unfortunately, some do not.  Too often, those who do not successfully adjust are caught up in the criminal justice system – often due to undiagnosed
or untreated issues these veterans face related to their military service. These veterans have served our nation and I believe that whenever possible, we as a nation should find ways to help them rehabilitate themselves as they navigate the criminal justice
system. This is why I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 2147, the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act.

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