Rep. Paul Cook Votes to Strengthen Suicide Prevention Efforts for Veterans
WASHINGTON– Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted in favor of H.R. 203, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act, to help prevent veteran suicide. This legislation is named in honor of the late Clay Hunt, an Iraq and Afghanistan War Veteran who took his life after seeking care from the VA.
The bill will increase access to mental health care and capacity at the VA to meet demand, improve the quality of care and boost accountability at the VA, and develop a community support system for veterans.
Cook said, “There’s widespread bipartisan support for this common sense bill which gives our service members the care and support they deserve. Suicide is an epidemic among members of the military who come home from the battle field physically okay, but mentally scarred.
“We can’t stand by while these brave men and women lose their lives. I stand with my colleagues in the House in passing this legislation for our service members and urge the Senate to move this bill forward.”