Roe Calls for Hearing on Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Veteran Suicide
Rep. Phil Roe M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, is calling for a hearing on H.R. 3495, the IMPROVE Well-Being for Veterans Act. The bipartisan bill would provide funding to entities that provide suicide prevention services to veterans and their families and is sponsored by Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Penn.).
Despite significant increases to funding, staffing, programs, and attention for suicide prevention and mental health care, approximately 20 veterans, servicemembers, and members of the National Guard and Reserve have died by suicide every day since the late 1990's. The IMPROVE Well-being for Veterans Act would expand the reach of services aimed at preventing suicide among veterans by providing grants to entities that provide and coordinate suicide prevention services for them and their families. Click here for more information about the IMPROVE Well-Being for Veterans Act.