Speaker Boehner Signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

John Boehner

WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today signed H.R. 203, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, at an enrollment ceremony including grassroots advocates and lawmakers from both parties.  This bipartisan legislation, which will expand access to critical mental health care and resources for our veterans, now heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature.  Prior to signing the bill, Boehner made the following remarks: 

“Nearly four years ago, we lost a young man by the name of Clay Hunt.  He was someone who followed his heart, served his country, and sought to help others.  Keeping his memory alive, Clay’s parents, Susan and Richard, fought for a law to help veterans who face the same obstacles that he did.  In doing so, they’ve brought to light a tragic epidemic, and reminded us of some solemn obligations.  So in a few minutes, we’ll sign H.R. 203, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act.”

NOTE: 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 House and Senate leaders, including:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and Senate president pro tempore
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)
House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL)
Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI)
Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) 

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