Congressman Anthony Brindisi’s new bill looks to address the growing issue of veteran suicide.
At a news conference at the American Legion Post 1645 in Binghamton, Brindisi talked about the Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act.
The bill would look to ensure that Veteran’s Affairs agencies have the proper resources to support suicide prevention coordinators.
Brindisi says right now the demand for help from veterans dealing with problems such as PTSD is too high for many VA’s to handle.
An estimated 20 veterans take their own lives in this country each day.
“Out of that 20, 14 of those veterans do not access VA services. So part of today is getting that word out there that there is help out there. So please come forward to one of our community organizations or the VA to get that help,” Brindisi says.
The bill would require the US Comptroller General to conduct an assessment of the responsibilities, workload and vacancy rates of the Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Coordinators.
The legislation is also backed by Republican Congressmen from Indiana and Illinois.