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Veterans Administration Suicide Prevention Summit


Today the Veterans Administration is sponsoring a national summit on veteran suicide prevention in Washington, D.C.

From Under Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin’s announcement of the summit:

The “Preventing Veteran Suicide – A Call to Action” summit will bring together VA and DoD leaders, mental health professionals, Veteran Service Organizations, Veterans and their families, and other key partners. These national leaders will direct their attention to how we can best help Veterans and their families access appropriate mental health services.

It will be an honor to welcome Susan and Richard Selke, as guests at the summit. Their son, Clay Hunt, was a Marine Corps Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who took his own life in 2011. Congress subsequently passed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, which President Obama signed in February of last year. Their commitment to improving mental health care for Veterans like their son has been inspiring.

If you’re interested in following the discussion coming out of the summit, search #PreventVetSuicide and follow @DeptVetAffairs on Twitter.

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Comments (1)

  • Brian Sinykin


    There is a major problem that is feeding the suicide rate. The mental health department is mishandling veterans that come to them and ask to get a PTSD test (Exam) and treatment. They tell them they have to apply for disability for PTSD and the Disability department will order the exam and when they are approved for PTSD disability they will treat them. These vets need treatment now. It takes up to two years and longer to get approved for diasability. We all kno the quicker you treat PTSD the easier it is to treat as time just makes it worse. Plus it can take years for it even to show up. What they are doing violates constitutional laws, veterans laws and two Directives from the Undersecretary of the Health Department . I know what has to be done to fix this. I’ve been trying to get the VA to fix this for years and not one person has called me back to talk about it. If you are going or know someone that is have them call me at 763-544-3118. I currently have a case going to the BVA on my Due-Process rights were violated just like what I am talking about.


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