Susan and Richard Selke, parents of Clay Hunt, to join President for signing
Washington D.C. (February 11, 2015) – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Susan and Richard Selke, parents of Clay Hunt, and members of Congress will join President Obama as he delivers remarks and signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act into law on Thursday, February 12 at 1 p.m. The bill, spearheaded by IAVA, is named after a Marine Corps veteran who died by suicide in 2011. The president will also be joined by veteran service organizations and veteran advocates during the signing ceremony.
“IAVA thanks President Obama and the members of his Administration for holding this ceremony and inviting us into the White House. We are proud to stand with the President as he signs this historic bill into law, allowing veterans to better access the quality mental health care they so desperately need. IAVA is also thankful to have Susan and Richard Selke meet with the President. They have fought tirelessly for months on end for this bill to become a reality, and ensure that not one more veteran experiences the challenges Clay faced when trying to seek help for his invisible injuries. This fight has been an uphill battle, but our IAVA leaders, members, and Susan and Richard remained steadfast throughout the whole journey to make sure no veteran has to cut through bureaucratic red tape when seeking help.”
Click here to visit a timeline of IAVA’s work on combating suicide.
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"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.
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