VA Mental Health Care: Ensuring Timely Access to High-Quality Care

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Time: 10:00 AM Location: Russell, SR-418

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Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will hold a committee hearing on March 20 entitled “VA Mental Health Care: Ensuring Timely Access to High-Quality Care.” 

In February, the Department of Veterans Affairs released a comprehensive report on veterans who die by suicide. The report indicates that the percentage of veterans who die by suicide has decreased slightly since 1999, while the estimated total number of Veterans who have died by suicide has increased.

Member Statements

  1. Senator Bernie Sanders ( I - VT)
  2. Senator Richard Burr ( R - NC)


Panel I

  1. Mr. Jacob Wood
    President and Co-Founder
    Team Rubicon
  2. Mr. Andre Wing
    Team Leader
    Vermont Veterans Outreach Program
  3. Ms. Kim Ruocco
    Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
  4. Kenny Allred, LTC, USA (Ret.)
    Chair, Veterans and Military council
    Chair, National Alliance on Mental Illness
  5. Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, PhD
    Founder and President
    Give an Hour

Panel II

  1. Honorable Robert Petzel, MD
    Department of Veterans Affairs
  2. Colonel Rebecca Porter
    Chief, Behavioral Health Division, Office of the Surgeon General
    United States Army

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.