Obama Signs Veteran Suicide Prevention Law

President Obama signed a measure into law last week to fight a wave of suicide among veterans who are struggling with post-traumatic stress. The problem has gained increased attention as American troops have returned from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Clay Hunt

Clay Hunt

The new law was passed unanimously in the House and the Senate. The bill is intended to make it easier for veterans to find mental health support for the serious problems they face. The law also aims to improve the recruiting and retention of mental health professionals to help veterans and to increase the accountability for government programs serving veterans.

It is estimated that 22 veterans commit suicide every day in the U.S. The new law is named for Clay Hunt, a Marine from Texas who suffered from post-traumatic stress after returning home and who ultimately took his own life at the age of 28.

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