Success: Commitment Made to Lower Veteran Suicide Rate


Target: United States Senator Richard Blumenthal

Goal: Applaud the government’s commitment to improving veteran suicide prevention and mental health programs.

The U.S. government recently voted to improve the conditions of mental health programs and suicide prevention through the Department of Veteran Affairs. This is thanks in part to the activists here at ForceChange.  The bill passed in the Senate unanimously at a vote of 99 to 0, a rare occurrence of understanding and acknowledgment of the work to be done. The bill saw its way through the House in similar fashion, and President Obama has since signed it. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat on the Veteran Affairs Committee, and one of the bill’s sponsors, played a large role in this victory. Congratulate the success of this bill, the efforts of our United States government, and Richard Blumenthal, in taking responsibility for the mental health of our veterans.

The United States government has a long history of falling short when it comes to taking care of our veterans, both physically, and often times more important, mentally. The moment a soldier returns home, he begins a different, perhaps more strenuous process of rehabilitation.

Our government estimates an astonishing 22 veterans commit suicide every day. The recent bill, named after Clay Hunt, is largely a response to the failed efforts that ultimately resulted in Hunt’s untimely death. Deeply affected by his time served over seas, Hunt sought help from the Department of Veteran Affairs numerous times, but was met with minimal efforts.

The bill even includes a loan repayment program designed to encourage more psychiatrists to work for the Department of Veteran Affairs. There are many more obstacles ahead, but the swift passage of this bill is encouraging.

The awareness raised on activist sites similar to and including ForceChange play a role in these victories that does not go unnoticed. Thank Richard Blumenthal, the United States government, and the ForceChange community for their recent efforts in the fight for our United States veterans.


Dear Senator Blumenthal,

The recent proposal to improve the conditions of mental health programs and suicide prevention through the Department of Veteran Affairs is of utmost importance. Your recent efforts, as well as those of the United States government, have not gone unnoticed.

This bill will significantly improve the lives of our veterans and those around them, and it is our duty to take care of those fighting for our country. I was pleased to see the addition of a loan repayment program to encourage psychiatrists to work with veterans.

Though there is much work to be done, I believe this is a huge step in the right direction. Many bases are covered in this bill, and I commend your efforts to accomplish as much as possible. Veterans across the nation may breathe a sigh of relief knowing that everything in our power is being done to assist them. Thank you for your efforts in the passage of this bill, and your continuous work with the Department of Veteran Affairs.


[Your Name Here]

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