Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Announces VA Campaign ‘Be There’ for Suicide Prevention Month
Washington, DC—Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22), announced the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Be There campaign, marking Suicide Prevention Month this September. The VA campaign highlights the risk factors and warning signs for suicide, provides information about VA mental health and suicide prevention resources, and helps individuals and organizations start the conversation around veteran mental health in their communities.
“Tragically, nearly 22 veterans commit suicide each day. Veterans make countless sacrifices in service to our nation, and it is our obligation to ensure they have access to the medical treatment and resources they need when returning home. Suicide is preventable, but we must be there for our veterans when it counts. This powerful campaign allows our communities to come together and join the fight to decrease the alarming number of veteran suicides. I commend the team at the Department of Veterans Affairs for shining a spotlight on suicide and providing a vital support system for at-risk veterans,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney.
In Congress, Rep. Tenney has been a key leader in working to reduce the number of veteran’s suicides. Rep. Tenney worked to ensure the Veterans Crisis Line was fully funded and fought for critical reforms to improve the effectiveness of the program. The Veterans Crisis Line is a resource that provides around the clock crisis intervention services to veterans across the country. In 2017, Rep. Tenney fought to ensure the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Subcommittee included language in its proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget that will ensure every veteran receives immediate assistance from the Veterans Crisis Line.
She authored a letter calling on the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to investigate ongoing problems with the Veterans Crisis Line after a report found that the crisis line has not responded adequately to veterans’ calls. Tenney also testified in front of the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee to discuss ways to improve the Veterans Crisis Line’s effectiveness.
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