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I received a phone call from Senator John McCain this afternoon. The senator wanted me to inform Arizona’s veterans that on Monday evening (2 Feb), the United States Senate will pass the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act and it will be on the President’s desk next week.
The legislation is named for U. S. Marine Clay Hunt who earned a Purple Heart fighting in Iraq, and later deployed to southern Afghanistan.
Clay was diagnosed with PTSD while still on active duty, but after being honorably discharged, he did not receive the care or support he needed, and died by suicide in 2011.
The “SAV Act” will address obstacles in veterans' access to timely and appropriate services. Under the bill, special care and attention will be given to service personnel transitioning from active duty to veteran status through community outreach and peer support groups. It will also offer new incentives to psychiatrists who agree to serve at the VA. Department of Defense and VA suicide-prevention programs will be evaluated each year to increase accountability and improve care.
I thank Senator McCain for reaching out to me to keep Arizona veterans informed.
A good weekend to all,
M. David Hampton
Public Information and Legislative Affairs
Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services