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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 press@iava.org or call 212-982-9699

About IAVA

"Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America...remains the most important organization representing the new generation of veterans." - TIME Magazine

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the premier veterans advocacy and support organization on the planet. Founded by an Iraq veteran in 2004, IAVA is the non-partisan leader in advocacy, public awareness, and 1-on-1 case management support. Our mission is to connect, unite, and empower over 425,000 veterans and allies nationwide. We have connected more than 1.2 million veterans with resources and community, and provided thousands of veterans of all generations with life-saving and life-changing personalized support from our Masters-level social service professionals.

Learn more at iava.org.