Nov 19, 2014 11:48 AM by News Staff
WASHINGTON (AP) - The mother of a Marine Corps veteran who killed himself in 2011 is urging Congress to bolster mental health service for veterans to slow a suicide epidemic that takes the lives of an estimated 22 veterans every day.
Clay Hunt was just 26 when he committed suicide, following tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. His mother, Susan Selke, said Hunt reached out to the Veterans Affairs Department but did not receive adequate treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and other problems.
Selke, who is from Houston, told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that her son "constantly voiced concerns about the care he was receiving." At one point, the VA lost his medical files.
A bill named for Hunt would require the Pentagon and VA to submit to independent reviews of their suicide prevention programs.
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