Blumenthal, Families Celebrate Passage Of Suicide Prevention Bill

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Following the unanimous passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act by the U.S. Senate earlier this week, Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal joined local families of veterans whose loved ones committed suicide.

At a press conference in Hartford Friday, Blumenthal and the families of three veterans spoke about the importance of the legislation.

The bill attempts to curb suicide rates among military veterans, which federal officials estimate results in 22 deaths daily. It requires an independent and outside review of the Department of Veteran Affairs suicide prevention services, enhances outreach to veterans, and tries to attract more psychiatrists into VA clinics and hospitals with tuition breaks.

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