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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Live from Capitol Hill: Senate to Host Hearing on Mental Health

This morning, the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs will host an oversight hearing on mental health and suicide prevention. AMVETS Deputy Legislative Director Christina Roof, who submitted a statement for record on the subject, will be on hand for the morning's hearing.

The morning's panels will include Iraq war veteran Daniel Hanson, VA's acting undersecretary for health, Gerald Cross, National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, board member Clarence Jordan, and other key VA mental health personnel. Each panelists remarks should be available shortly after this morning's hearing. To view a full list of panelists and details about this morning's hearing, Click Here.

Military and veterans mental health has been one of AMVETS National Commander Duane Miskulin's top priorities during his term.

NAMI also signed a memorandum of understanding with AMVETS in 2008, looking for new ways to improve mental health services to the veterans' community.

AMVETS plans to introduce a new program in an effort to improve the mental health climate for today's veterans, as Miskulin indicated in his quarterly column in American Veteran magazine. American Veteran online will keep you posted as more information on the new program becomes available.

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