In case you haven't heard, yesterday the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act of 2015 was unanimously passed by the U.S. Senate. President Obama is scheduled to sign it into law as early as February 3. This is a tremendous victory for veterans everywhere, as our nation confronts a loss of 22 veterans a day to suicide. As most of you are attending classes and transitioning back into the civilian world, it is best that you have as much access to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare as possible. The new law will provide the following:
- One additional year of mental health care access after separation (previously five years maximum, if under 30% VA service-connected disability rating)
- Loan Repayment Program for 10 psychiatrist slots
- New VA Mental Health information website
- Audit on current VA Mental Health Care practices (performance evaluation)
- Peer Support Program for veterans transitioning out of the service
This law is an incredible feat for IAVA’s Convoy to Combat Suicide and for veterans everywhere. As you are transitioning out of the service, enrolling into classes, or graduating onto the job-market, you will now have increased access to VA mental health resources, and the VA will have staff to better address the current backlog of claims. If you have any further questions regarding the Clay Hunt SAV Act or other resources Submit a Request.