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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Alarming rate of female veteran suicides addressed in Brown bill

Barack Obama, Richard Selke

Last February President Barack Obama signed the "Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act," which calls for evaluation of existing Veterans Affairs (VA) mental health and suicide prevention programs. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown has just introduced a bill that would require the VA to include an emphasis on suicides among female veterans in that evaluation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
CLEVELAND, Ohio – A bill aimed at stemming a disproportionate rate of suicides among female veterans has been introduced by Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.

The "Female Veterans Suicide Prevention Act" would expand the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) annual evaluation of mental health and suicide-prevention programs to include data regarding female veterans.


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