July| Vol. 22 No. 8.02 | Christian's Chronicles © 2015 – All rights reserved.
In this interactive edition of ye olde Chronicles, we ask feedback related to:
Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act
Also known as the Clay Hunt SAV Act, or H.R. 5059. I learned of this proposed legislation through an email from Change.org. For those who do not know, change.org is a site for online petitions; I’ve used it when I was petitioning the Sacramento Regional Transit to offer a Military discount, which by the way, is in the works. But I digress…
The email explained that the petition was named after Clay Hunt, a veteran who at the age of 28 committed suicide in 2011 after returning from combat and suffering from post traumatic stress. It asks Congress to pass the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act within the first 90 days of the new session. You can read more about the petition here.
You can learn more about the Act on Congress.gov, here.
It is tragic to hear about veterans such as Clay, who survive the physical rigors and injuries incurred in combat, only to succumb to mental health issues once they return home. Is there anything that can be done to prevent more such tragedies? If so, is the Clay Hunt SAV Act a step in the right direction, or a well-meaning but ultimately perhaps ineffective measure? And, will signing a petition on change.org help in any way?
I’ll let the reader ponder the above questions. As for the questions below, I demand answers! Specifically, my questions to you, loyal reader of The Chronicles, are: