WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) led two letters to the House Appropriations Committee calling for full funding of veterans suicide prevention and outreach services as well as medical and prosthetic research at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Esty highlighted these two programs in the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2016, which the House will vote on later this year.
“We ask a lot of the men and women who serve our country in uniform. Congress has an opportunity—and a responsibility—to fully fund critically important medical research and support services for them,” said Congresswoman Esty. “We should do all we can to further our understanding of mental and physical conditions that pose the greatest challenges for our servicemembers and veterans. The research conducted at the Department of Veterans Affairs is developing the most effective and innovative treatments that transform the quality of life for disabled veterans. Additionally, with the suicide rate among veterans at almost 50% higher than the civilian rate, we owe it to our veterans and their loved ones to provide the outreach, care, and support services that save lives.”
Full text of Esty’s letter calling on Congress to increase funding for suicide prevention efforts at the Department of Veterans Affairs can be found here.
Full text of Esty’s letter calling on Congress to fully fund the President’s budget request for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medial and Prosthetic Research can be found here.