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Issue Position: Military and Veterans

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Tina supports our troops.

Our service members and their families have made enormous sacrifices for our country and deserve our support in their transition back home. Tina works hard to support veterans. She has co-chaired the Joint Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs for the last year and serves on the Executive Committee. During the 2012 legislative session she sponsored legislation that requires further suicide assessment and treatment training by health professionals, including those who work with military members. Unfortunately the rates of suicide are higher than their civilian counterparts and there is a direct correlation between suicide and PTSD. The new training requirement will ensure that mental health professionals know the best practices to recognize suicide warning signs and interventions.

Tina also sponsored legislation that streamlines the process for reactivating the professional licenses of spouses of service members after deployment. This makes it easier for these families to return to our local work force. This legislation contributed to Washington State being recognized as being most helpful for military families returning to the work force following deployment.


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