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Rep. Jeff Miller (FL-01), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC), introduced the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act (Clay Hunt SAV Act). This historic bill will address the number one mental health issue facing our veterans: suicide.

It seeks to address veteran suicide and improve access to quality mental health care. More than 22 veterans die each day to invisible wounds to suicide. All veterans, but especially those struggling with invisible injuries, should not have to go through red tape to get the mental health care they need and very much deserve.

The Clay Hunt SAV Act will change thousands of lives for the better by providing access to top-quality mental health care. That’s why we strongly urge Congress to move swiftly to pass this legislation as quickly as possible. It’s a matter of life or death. Taking this step to reverse the suicide trend among our veterans should be a priority, not a political fight.
Our veterans deserve action now.

The key to curbing the epidemic of veteran suicides is improving the accessibility and effectiveness of mental health care available to our returning heroes. Over the past seven years, VA's mental health care staff and budget have grown by nearly 40 percent, but the fact remains, veterans are still committing suicide at a frightening pace.

This slow-motion national tragedy is likely to continue as long as the Department of Veterans Affairs sticks to its normal, business-as-usual approach of treating veterans where and how VA wants as opposed to where and how veterans want. The Clay Hunt SAVA Act will help create a greater accounting of available services and an enhanced community approach to delivering veterans suicide prevention and mental health care treatment.

We ask that Congress join Rep. Miller in supporting this critical piece of legislation immediately.


Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

This petition closed 9 months ago

How this will help

Clay Hunt's mom bravely shared her story with the world of losing her son.  

She courageously testified in front of Congress about how the VA failed Clay after coming home from war (learn more...

Clay Hunt's mom bravely shared her story with the world of losing her son.  

She courageously testified in front of Congress about how the VA failed Clay after coming home from war (learn more about Clay's story here). And she also showed that she's determined to fight on in Clay's memory. She told her story to Congress, to the media and together with IAVA members from across America, Susan introduced a historic suicide prevention bill to support millions of veterans nationwide. 

It's called, "The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act," or simply the "Clay Hunt SAV Act." (H.R. 5059). This bi-partisan bill will increase access to mental health care, boost capacity to meet mental health care demand, improve the quality of care for troops and veterans, provide seamless care from the Department of Defense to VA and develop community support for veterans nationwide.

And here's where you come in. Susan can't win this fight on her own. She needs all Americans to have her back. Especially everyone in the IAVA community.

Stand with Clay's mom and IAVA to combat veteran suicide now by signing this petition.Too many of our friends are dying. And it has to stop now. Don't just get mad, get involved.

Do it for Clay.

Do it for the 22 veterans that we lose every day to suicide.

And do it for Susan.


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