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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Veterans Suicide Prevention Bill Headed To President’s Desk

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America installed flags on the National Mall to represent the 1,892 veterans and service members who committed suicide this year as part of the "We've Got Your Back: IAVA's Campaign to Combat Suicide." (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America installed flags on the National Mall to represent the 1,892 veterans and service members who committed suicide this year as part of the “We’ve Got Your Back: IAVA’s Campaign to Combat Suicide.” (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Former Fort Drum soldier Stephen Carlson in his home in Washington, D.C. (Julia Botero WRVO)

Former Fort Drum soldier Stephen Carlson in his home in Washington, D.C.
(Julia Botero/WRVO)

President Obama is expected to sign the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act after it was approved by the Senate yesterday.

The act expands mental heath care programs at the Veterans Administration and requires annual reviews of its suicide prevention and mental health efforts.

But critics say the legislation may be too little too late. That’s because the bill is designed to help troops who ask for help. For many, there’s still the stigma of admitting to mental health care problems.

From the Here and Now Contributor’s Network, North Country Public Radio’s Julia Botero reports.

Click here to read Botero’s full story.

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