FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       
March 22, 2019

GUILLEN WORKS TO PREVENT VETERAN SUICIDE

AUSTIN - State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) will layout HB 2941 on Monday for the Defense & Veterans' Affairs Committee. The bill would call for all Texas state agencies to share the Veterans Crisis Line contact information via their websites, making it more easily accessible.

"It's a sad reality that an estimated 20 veterans commit suicide every single day," Guillen informed. "Unfortunately, there is a lack of sufficient information readily available to those who may be at risk."

                                                            

Research has shown that of the 20 veterans lost daily, 14 of those are not involved with the Department of Veteran Affairs, which would allow them access to mental healthcare resources. However, the Veterans Crisis Line is a free and confidential resource that is available to anyone, whether or not they are registered with the VA.

"The Veterans Crisis Line is an invaluable resource that many are simply not aware of," added Guillen. "Through our state agencies, we can connect our veterans with a tool that may very well save their lives."

 

Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen

 

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