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Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. ROSKAM. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Mr. Speaker, in listening to the debate and this discussion today,
this is really a bill about real contrasts. The contrast, as the
gentleman from Minnesota described a couple of minutes ago, is starting
at a very high point, which is a sense of calling, a sense of
patriotism, a sense of going forward and meeting a duty and joining the
Armed Forces of the United States. That is one end of the spectrum. At
the other end of the spectrum was the description that Mrs. Walorski
had, and that was of Clay Hunt's experience.

From one end of the spectrum to the other.

As I was sitting and listening, Mr. Speaker, I was looking above your
head. There is a clock over your head. If you look at these numbers,
you have 22 people every day who are going to kill themselves, and we
know that. If you think about that and if you look at that clock, you
think, in a little bit more than an hour, there is going to be a
terrible thing that is going to happen. The good news is that Tammy Duckworth from Illinois and Tim Walz from Minnesota and Jeff Miller
from Florida decided to do something about it.

The power of this is when you have that broad of a political spectrum
that says we are not going to tolerate this, that we are going to make
sure that this issue is not lost in the shuffle, that this is not a
statistic, that this is not 22. Rather, these are people who are going
to be named; these are people who are going to be discussed; and these
are people who are going to be defended.

So I am happy today to join with those who are asking for favorable
passage of the Clay Hunt SAV Act.


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