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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Members of Congress, Military, Veteran and Mental Health Supporting Organizations Praise Passage of Thompson-Ryan Military Mental Health Screening Legislation

Members of Congress, Military, Veteran and Mental Health Supporting Organizations Praise Passage of Thompson-Ryan Military Mental Health Screening Legislation
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) and Tim Ryan (D-OH), joined by a diverse group of supporting organizations, held a press conference to discuss the Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members (MEPS) Act (H.R. 4305/S. 2231), which today passed the House as an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Thompson and Ryan introduced the MEPS Act on March 27, 2014.  The bill, which will help the military better identify behavioral health issues and improve suicide prevention, requires a preliminary mental health assessment for all incoming military recruits.

Following the shooting at Fort Hood Army Base in Killeen, Texas, on April 2, 2014, the legislation quickly garnered broad support from military, veteran and mental health organizations, and on April 9, 2014, U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Jay Rockefeller introduced a Senate companion bill, S. 2231.  

Picture: Thompson with U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, Nick McCormick, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Annie Lively, National Guard Association of the United States, and Marshall Hanson, Reserve Officers Association.
“I want to thank Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio for joining me in introducing this bipartisan legislation and our House and Senate colleagues, along with our supporting organizations, for helping to build awareness and support for this important reform,” stated Rep. Thompson (R-PA). “While our military has made great strides to address issues of mental illness, it’s tragic events such as those at Fort Hood that remind us we must do better.  The MEPS Act will help our military move toward a more comprehensive and effective approach to suicide prevention and detection, and I thank my colleagues for supporting its passage in the House.”

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Read an article that claims more than 22 US soldiers , A DAY are killing themselves. By 2012 more military members died from suicide than died in combat. PLEASE, talk to your children & protect them from the predators who show up aggressively trying to recruit them while they are away from us in public school. STOP recruiting our children!