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Supporting Our Veterans


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Today, there is a disturbingly high rate of suicide among our servicemen and women who have returned home from combat. This is a stark reminder that the scars from the frontlines are not just physical. Mental health services are critical to the well-being of our heroes, and it is vitally important that these services be improved and expanded, particularly to rural areas.

This week, I joined five of my colleagues to express my concern about this important issue, and to ask Secretary Eric Shinseki of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for an explanation of what is being done to reduce this suicide rate.

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