Battling the Storm Within

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Over 80% of Veterans with PTSD Believe Current VA Treatment is Ineffective

A new bill gaining speed on the Hill aims to make changes within the VA’s mental health care system that proponents hope will reduce the veteran suicide epidemic.

It is no secret that the veteran suicide rate is extremely high, with 22 veterans per day taking their own lives. It’s also no secret that health care in general, and mental health care in particular, is lacking in the VA health care system. Unfortunately, the VA is the only option that many veterans have for their care.

A new bill, called the “Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act,” is currently being considered in the U.S. Senate with a version also in the House. The bill is named after Clay Hunt, a Marine Cpl. who committed suicide in 2011 after battling PTSD and depression following multiple combat tours. Hunt’s mother, Susan Selke, addressed the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in November, urging lawmakers to pass the bill named for her son.


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