Jan 21 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act (SAV), co-sponsored by Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), unanimously passed the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and now heads to the Senate floor.

The legislation directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct annual evaluations of mental health care and suicide prevention programs to gauge their effectiveness and then make any necessary improvements or changes. A community pilot program is also established to help veterans transition from active duty and improve access to mental health care services.

“I am honored to be a co-sponsor of the Clay Hunt SAV Act, which is a bipartisan effort to make mental health care for our veterans a priority,” said Senator Tillis. “There is much work left to be done to repay the debt of gratitude we owe the brave men and women who have served our country, and this bill is the first of many steps this Congress needs to take to provide America’s veterans with the care and resources they deserve.”