Freshman Congressman Anthony Brindisi has had his first bill passed in the House of Representatives.
The Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act has completed its initial step and is moving on to the Senate.
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.
“We’re hearing reports that they are overworked, that they can’t manage the number of cases that are coming into the V.A., and we want to make sure they have the resources that they need so they can address the problem, and hopefully save lives down the road.”
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.
An estimated 20 veterans take their own lives in this country each day.