IAVA Identifies Republican Senator from Oklahoma as Blocking Suicide Prevention Relief

*Editor’s note: The veterans advocacy group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) has been at the forefront of the battle to end the suicide epidemic among service members and veterans for the past few years.

They are calling for action to help pass the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act, now being blocked by Republican Senator Tom Coburn, of Oklahoma.

TMSR endorses IAVA’s call to personally visit Senator Coburn’s office in Washington D.C. to express your opposition to his political stance and his actions, which are perpetuating the epidemic of suicides in DoD/VA.

Please read more about it below:

Dec. 15, 2014

As you know, Sen. Coburn (R-OK) is holding up the Clay Hunt SAV Act as his final act as a U.S. Senator. But, IAVA is pulling out all the stops and is urging the Senator to reverse his position and let this bipartisan bill come to the floor for a vote and leave a legacy of supporting our veterans.

You are our most powerful advocates, so please. If you are able, urge Senator Coburn and his staff to reverse his position by visiting his Capitol Hill office in person today.

72 Russell Senate Office Building
2 Constitution Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Register Here: https://cov.force.com/iava/cov_event?id=a5PC0000000Cb29MAC

These visits will be conducted on your own. IAVA highly encourages business attire and please, maintain a respectful attitude at all times. During your visit you can follow this simple format:

“As a (Veteran/Family Member/Supporter), I am asking Sen. Coburn to reverse his position on the Clay Hunt SAV Act and allow the Unianimous Consent vote to move forward. This bill will save countless Veteran lives that would otherwise be lost to suicide. Thank you.”

Thank you for your support!

Read more about Senator Corburn’s DISPICABLE actions at the IAVA website:


Watch video about Senator Coburn’s refusal to vote for the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention bill:


C-SPAN Censors Senate Suicide Hearings on Clay Hunt Bill

*Editor’s note: Today the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee heard testimony on the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act.

C-SPAN has chosen to completely censor this testimony and there is not even a listing to be found on its website that the hearing even took place.

What a shame, that C-SPAN has chosen to censor this important testimony on veterans suicide, at a time in history when an estimated 8,000 – 9,000 U.S. military veterans are dying every single year from suicide.

Please help prevent such censorship by contacting C-SPAN and letting them know how you feel about this issue.

400 N. Capitol Street NW
Suite 650
Washington, D.C. 20001
TEL: (202)-737-3220
EMAIL: online@C-span.org

Read the written testimony of Clay Hunt’s mother Susan Selke:


Read the contents of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act:


POWER OF NOW: Words of Wisdom From Thich Nhat Hanh

    “ Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones. ”

… Thich Nhat Hanh


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