“S.785: Leading the Way to Comprehensive Mental Health Care and Suicide Prevention for Veterans”

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 Time: 03:30 PM Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building SD-106

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Ms. Katie Purswell, Deputy Director of Health Policy, The American Legion   

Mr. Jeremy Butler, Chief Executive Officer, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America   

Mr. Jim Lorraine, President & Chief Executive Officer, America’s Warrior Partnership   

Mr. Matthew Kuntz, Executive Director, NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness   


*For this hearing, the Veterans’ Affairs Committee will follow guidelines developed in consultation with the Office of the Attending Physician (OAP), the Senate Sergeant at Arms, and the Senate Rules Committee to protect the health of Members, witnesses, staff, and the public. This includes maintaining six-foot social distance spacing in the hearing room.


Pursuant to this guidance from the CDC and OAP, Senate office buildings are not open to the public other than official business visitors and credentialed press at this time. Accordingly, in-person visitors cannot be accommodated at this hearing.


We encourage the public to utilize the Committee’s livestream of the hearing, available on our website www.veterans.senate.gov .

Member Statements

  1. Ranking Member Jerry Moran ( R - KS)
  2. Senator Marsha Blackburn ( R - TN)


  1. Katie Purswell
    Deputy Director of Health Policy
    The American Legion
  2. Jeremy Butler
    Chief Executive Officer
    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
  3. Lieutenant Colonel James Lorraine
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    America’s Warrior Partnership
  4. Matthew Kuntz
    Executive Director, Montana Chapter
    National Alliance on Mental Illness

Disability Access

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service should contact the committee clerk at (202) 224-9126 at least three business days in advance of the hearing date.