Friday at 11 AM: IAVA Presses Senate to Stand with Veterans in Combating Suicide

On final day of session, Post-9/11 veterans urge passage of Clay Hunt SAV Act

WHAT: Last night, in a speech in the U.S. Senate, Senator Richard Blumenthal committed to bringing the Clay Hunt SAV Act to the floor for a vote today, regardless of any procedural obstacles. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will join the Senator, other co-sponsors of the legislation, and veteran supporters in a final push to pass the needed veteran mental health care bill on the final day of session. The bill, which now has 19 Senate co-sponsors, is currently being anonymously held by one member of the Senate.

WHO: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and other Senate sponsors of S.2930

IAVA Legislative Director Alex Nicholson

Susan and Richard Selke, parents of Clay Hunt

Other Veteran Service Organization representatives

WHEN: Friday, December 12, 2014 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Dirksen Senate Building, Room G-11, Washington, D.C.

Note to media: Email or call 212-982-9699 to speak with IAVA leadership.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America ( is the leading post-9/11 veteran empowerment organization (VEO) with the most diverse and rapidly growing membership in America. As a non-profit founded in 2004, IAVA’s mission is to connect, unite and empower post-9/11 veterans. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, IAVA has connected more than 1.2 million veterans with resources and community, and provided more than 8,000 veterans with personalized support from IAVA’s Master’s level social workers.