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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Bill to help Prevent Veteran Suicide Clears Committee

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Members of the public may soon be able to submit direct donations for the prevention of veteran suicide thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and advanced today by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Members of the public may soon be able to submit direct donations for the prevention of veteran suicide thanks to legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco and advanced by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. (©iStock)

“According to the latest report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the suicide rate among veterans remains extremely high, accounting for thousands of lives every year. And tragically, the psychological and economic consequences of the pandemic have been devastating for many of the brave men and women who have served this country,” said Bucco (R-25). “For the last two and a half years, this unprecedented crisis has been a stressor for vulnerable veterans with existing mental health issues and has put them at higher risk for suicide and other adverse outcomes. My legislation will dramatically increase funding for suicide prevention campaigns so that our veterans, as well as their loved ones, know that help is always available.”

Bucco’s bill, S-2248, allows the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA) to accept gifts, grants, and donations from the public and private sectors for the purpose of public service announcements for the prevention of veteran suicide. Revenue received by the DMAVA will be deposited into a special non-lapsing fund maintained by the State Treasurer.

Veterans and their loved ones who are experiencing emotional distress can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255. The crisis line provides free, confidential support, and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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