02.11.15

Veterans Bill Heads To The President's Desk, McConnell Praises Burr's Leadership

WASHINGTON, DC -  Yesterday, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) attended the signing of  H.R. 203, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, in an enrollment ceremony with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Clay Hunt's parents, Susan and Richard Selke.  This bipartisan legislation addresses the epidemic of veteran suicide, expanding veterans' access to critical mental health care and resources.

"Our veterans deserve the best care, and it's all too frequent that our nation's heroes are falling through the gaps," said Senator Burr. "Sadly, Clay Hunt was one of those brave Americans. Congress has come together to give veterans the access to the support they need after working to secure our freedoms. We must do a better job for our veterans."

Senate Majority Leader McConnell mentioned the hard work of Senator Burr to pass this important bill, "He worked diligently to make a day like today possible."

Watch the bill signing here. 

Taking part in today's ceremony were Clay Hunt's parents, Susan and Richard Selke, as well as members of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).  Also in attendance were a number of House and Senate leaders, including:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) 
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee
Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI)
Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN)