As you may know, the annual suicide rate among veterans has been found to be roughly 50% higher than the rate for civilians with similar demographic profiles. 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.
Please join us in sending the attached letters to the Defense Subcommittee and the Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee seeking support in Fiscal Year 2017 for Neurofibromatosis (NF) research.
Please join me in requesting the inclusion of $1.2 billion for VA telehealth services in the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
Please join me in supporting ending veteran homelessnes by requesting $100 million dollars for the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP). HVRP not only provides our veterans with a roof over their head, but works with local employers to make sure veterans have a job and skills to stay employed. To find out of you have veterans who used HVRP, visit this website here to learn more.
Please join us in sending a letter to the Subcommittee on Military, Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies requesting full funding for VA Medical and Prosthetic Research. The research being conducted at the VA is crucial to our understanding of the conditions that commonly afflict our servicemembers and veterans and developing the most effective treatments. We ask a lot of the men and women that serve our country in uniform, let’s see to it that we have a full understsanding of the mental and physical demands of their service as well as access to the proven, highest quality of care.
I ask for Members support for this letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary McDonald, denouncing his department’s negligence and lack of care and asking for his solution to other systemic problems at the VA.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett said “We need to be visible advocates for those afflicted with invisible wounds.” Please join us in standing up for our veterans and cosponsor H.R. 3870, the Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act.
Please join us in sending a letter to House Appropriators asking the Committee to include language in fiscal year (FY) 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies bill that ensures veterans receive immediate assistance from a trained professional when they call the Veterans Crisis Line.
Please join us in requesting full funding for the programs that comprise Opening Doors, theFederal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.
We are all deeply concerned about our veterans and servicemembers receiving the support and care needed at veterans’ and military hospitals around this country.