A bipartisan group of lawmakers will unveil new legislation Wednesday to address a recent spate of high-profile veteran suicides and an uptick in suicide rates.
The bill, offered by New York Democrat Rep. Anthony Brindisi, and co-sponsored by Republican Reps. Jim Banks and Mike Bost, will require a review of the current training, workload and staffing at VA centers.
The announcement comes in the wake of renewed calls that not enough is being done to confront the enduring problem of elevated suicide rates at Veterans Affairs facility, after three U.S. military veterans died by suicide on VA properties in Texas and Georgia over the span of five days earlier this month.
In the past 18 months, at least 23 veterans have lost their lives to suicide at VA medical centers, according to VA data.
“Twenty veterans die by suicide every day. This is wrong and unacceptable, and we must do more,” said Rep. Brindisi.