Thursday, December 01, 2011

Subcommittee Examines Veteran Suicide Rates


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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

                        Building

 

WITNESS LIST

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

 

STATEMENTS FOR THE RECORD

American Psychological Association

American Federation for Suicide Prevention

Maine National Guard

Richard McCormick, Ph.D.

John E. Toczydlowski, Esquire

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Sean P Eagan

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