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Blumenthal wants to pass legislation to prevent veteran suicides

Melvin Hewston of the VFW and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Christine Stuart photo)
Melvin Hewston of the VFW and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Christine Stuart photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Now that Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn is no longer a U.S. Senator, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is hoping to find bipartisan support to pass a bill that would reduce the rate of military and veteran suicides.

Coburn was the lone Senator to place a hold on the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act because he believed it duplicated existing Department of Veterans Affairs programs.

Blumenthal disagreed.

“We need to hold the VA accountable. There needs to be stronger oversight,” Blumenthal said Tuesday at a press conference in Hartford. “As for its present activities, they are simply inadequate.”

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