Thursday, December 01, 2011

Subcommittee Examines Veteran Suicide Rates



WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday, December 2, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., in Room 334 of the Cannon House Office Building, the Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing entitled, "Understanding and Preventing Veteran Suicide." Despite numerous resources and increased funding, veteran suicide rates are not decreasing. The Subcommittee will explore ways to better assist at risk veterans to ensure they are accessing appropriate treatment and programs.


WHO:             Subcommittee on Health

WHAT:          Understanding and Preventing Veteran Suicide

WHEN:          10:00 a.m., Friday, December 2, 2011, Room 334, Cannon House Office




Panel 1

Commander René A. Campos, USN (Ret.), Deputy Director, Government Relations

Military Officers Association of America


Tom Tarantino, Senior Legislative Associate

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America


Thomas J. Berger, Ph.D., Executive Director, Veterans Health Council

Vietnam Veterans of America


Joy Ilem, Deputy National Legislative Director
Disabled American Veterans

Panel 2

Margaret C. Harrell, Senior Fellow and Director, Joining Forces Initiative

Center for a New American Security


Katherine E. Watkins, MD, Senior Natural Scientist

RAND Corporation


Janet E. Kemp, RN, Ph.D., National Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Veterans Health Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Accompanied by:

Antoinette Zeiss, Ph.D., Chief Consultant for Mental Health

Veterans Health Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Colonel Carl Castro, Ph.D., Director, Military Operational Medicine Research Program Research Area Directorate III, US Army Medical Research & Material Command

U.S. Department of Defense



American Psychological Association

American Federation for Suicide Prevention

Maine National Guard

Richard McCormick, Ph.D.

John E. Toczydlowski, Esquire

Sean P Eagan

Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans
Life Member Veterans of Foreign Wars
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