United States of America

The intent of the petition is to get veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) proper treatment.

It was reported that more than 32,000 military service men and women from Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) who were discharged from the military between 2001-2005 were found by Veterans Affairs examiners to have mental health problems, including substance abuse (www.military.com article Mental Health Plagues Current Vets).

The bill Joshua Omvig Veteran Suicide Prevention act does just that. The bill was named after a young marine who committed suicide due to untreated PTSD. At this point it is reported that The following areas are addressed with the bill: to military and veterans: Staff Education, Screening of Veterans Receiving Medical Care, Tracking of Veterans, Counseling and Treatment of Veterans, Designation of Suicide Prevention Counselors, Best Practices Research, Sexual Trauma Research, 24-Hour Mental Health Care, Hotline, Outreach and Education for Veterans and Families, and Peer Support Counseling Programs.

This comprehensive plan goal is to limit incidents of suicide among veterans by allowing detailed preventive actions. The bill has recently passed in the House of Representatives on 3/21/07 unanimously, the next step is to be presented to Senate.

Whether you are for or against this war, military and veterans are suffering from mental issues. I am sure many of you are connected to military in some way. Whether it is you, family, friends, coworkers or people in your community, the bill will help the well being of many.

Please support this law by signing this petition to ensure that our military men and woman are receiving proper medical and mental health treatment.

We, the undersigned, request the senate to sign off on this bill, in order to properly diagnosis and treat military/veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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