Obama to sign veterans suicide prevention bill today
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is joining with lawmakers and top government leaders to cast a spotlight on the issue of suicide among veterans.
Obama on Thursday will sign the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act into law. First lady Michelle Obama, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald and veterans are expected to attend the White House ceremony.
The bill creates a pilot program to help veterans transition out of active duty, and it creates a website to provide veterans with information about available mental health services.
The bill also requires the VA's suicide prevention programs to be evaluated annually by a third party. And it creates a three-year pilot program to recruit psychiatrists for the VA by offering student loan repayment.
Congress passed the bill with broad bipartisan support.