Last month, four veterans died by suicide on VA campuses
WASHINGTON, DC — May 8, 2019 — Bipartisan legislation by Congressman Max Rose, an Army combat veteran, that would help address the rising trend of veterans who die by suicide on Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) campuses unanimously passed the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs today. Last month, it was reported that four veterans died by suicide at VA facilities.
“The issue of veteran suicides is a public health crisis and we have to do more, full stop,” said Rose, a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “We cannot let this get dragged into the politics and partisanship that has taken hold of Washington, which is why I’m encouraged by the broad, bipartisan support for this legislation and the broader efforts of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. It’s critical we get this done and today’s passage through Committee is an important step towards that goal.”
Rose’s bipartisan legislation, FIGHT Veterans Suicide Act, is a key effort in response to recent tragedies of veterans dying by suicide on VA campuses. Congress has found that VA is not always forthcoming with timely information around these events. Having key data points which this legislation requires from VA would help Congress fully understand the scope of this crisis to better serve our veterans in need. In a Committee hearing last week, the VA came out in support of the legislation.
Rose, who serves on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, has called on the Department of Defense to change the policy that leads to servicemembers and veterans on Staten Island receiving hundreds of dollars less per month for housing than the other four boroughs. Additionally, Rose passed legislation through the House of Representatives to expand childcare coverage from VA to apply to veterans seeking treatment for addiction and joined a bipartisan meeting with the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs at the White House to discuss priorities and challenges facing VA.
Congressman Max Rose represents Staten Island and South Brooklyn which comprises New York’s 11th District.
SOURCE: Jonas Edwards-Jenks, Communications Director, Congressman Max Rose (NY-11).