Sen. Brown applauds President on veteran suicide prevention - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Sen. Brown applauds President on veteran suicide prevention

Posted: Updated:
WASHINGTON, D.C. -

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded an Executive Order signed by President Donald Trump Tuesday directing the U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD), Veterans Affairs (VA) and Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a plan to improve mental health and suicide prevention resources available to service members as they transition to civilian life.

In 2014, 244 Ohio veterans took their own lives. 

"Even one veteran losing his or her life to suicide is too many," said Brown. "Today's Executive Order is an important step toward better supporting our service members and veterans. But it can't be just another plan sitting on a shelf, so I want to work with the Administration to make sure we take meaningful action."

The Executive Order signed by the President requires DoD, DHS and VA to develop and submit a plan within 60 days to improve mental health treatment resources available to service members transitioning from military to civilian life.

The respective agencies must update the President on progress within 180 days and offer any further reforms to help prevent veteran suicide.

In 2017, Brown's bill, the Veteran Partners' Effort to Enhance Reintegration Act (Veteran PEER Act), was included in the Senate Veteran's Affairs Committee's Caring for Our Veterans Act.

The Veteran PEER Act would require VA to establish peer specialist in patient aligned care teams to promote mental health, substance use disorders and behavioral health in a primary care setting.

In 2015, Brown's Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (Clay Hunt SAV) Act, was signed into law.

The Clay Hunt SAV Act requires an independent system-wide assessment of existing VA mental health programs to better determine areas for improvement and consolidation.

The legislation created a pilot loan repayment program to help recruit additional VA psychiatrists while strengthening relationships between the VA and non-profit mental health organizations as a way to better serve veterans.

Brown's bipartisan Female Veterans Suicide Prevention Act was also signed into law last year.

The legislation expands the VA's yearly evaluation of mental health and suicide prevention programs to include metrics specific to female veterans.

It also requires the VA to measure which programs are most effective for female veterans.

Brown encourages any veterans, service members, or their families who are in crisis to seek help and assistance by contacting the Veterans Crisis Line, a confidential resource that connects veterans, their family or friends with qualified VA responders, at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.
 

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

    White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 8:52 AM EDT2018-08-15 12:52:46 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Rourke). In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, Lauren Woehr hands her 16-month-old daughter Caroline, held by her husband Dan McDowell, a cup filled with bottled water at their home in Horsham, Pa. In Horsham and surrounding towns in eastern Penns...(AP Photo/Matt Rourke). In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, Lauren Woehr hands her 16-month-old daughter Caroline, held by her husband Dan McDowell, a cup filled with bottled water at their home in Horsham, Pa. In Horsham and surrounding towns in eastern Penns...
    Toxics used in nonstick cookware, fast-food wrappers and much more are turning up in public water systems in dozens of states.More >>
    Toxics used in nonstick cookware, fast-food wrappers and much more are turning up in public water systems in dozens of states.More >>
  • Outdoor fun dwindles as smoky haze hangs over California

    Outdoor fun dwindles as smoky haze hangs over California

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 1:03 PM EDT2018-08-14 17:03:07 GMT
    (AP Photo/Lorin Eleni Gill). The city of Berkeley, Calif., sits in a dull, smoky haze Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. The air quality has hit unhealthy levels in cities miles away as California's largest wildfire ever burns to the north.(AP Photo/Lorin Eleni Gill). The city of Berkeley, Calif., sits in a dull, smoky haze Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. The air quality has hit unhealthy levels in cities miles away as California's largest wildfire ever burns to the north.
    No major wildfires are burning near Sacramento but for two weeks a dull haze and the faint smell of smoke from distant blazes has blanketed California's capital region.More >>
    No major wildfires are burning near Sacramento but for two weeks a dull haze and the faint smell of smoke from distant blazes has blanketed California's capital region.More >>
  • Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones, Infowars

    Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones, Infowars

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 11:01 AM EDT2018-08-14 15:01:19 GMT
    (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File). FILE - In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016 file photo, Alex Jones, center right, is escorted by police out of a crowd of protesters outside the Republican convention in Cleveland. Facebook says it has taken down four pages b...(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File). FILE - In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016 file photo, Alex Jones, center right, is escorted by police out of a crowd of protesters outside the Republican convention in Cleveland. Facebook says it has taken down four pages b...
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defend company decision not to ban right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his "Infowars" show.More >>
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defend company decision not to ban right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his "Infowars" show.More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms