NY Senate Committee Gets Testimony in New City on Veterans Mental Health

The New York Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities held a public hearing on Veterans Mental Health last week in Clarkstown. 22 veterans take their own lives in the U-S each day, and Rockland’s Veterans Service Agency Director Susan Branam told the panel there are too many gaps in services that, if they were closed, could prevent some of those suicides…

Rockland and Westchester state senator David Carlucci heads up the committee and said the state needs to do better for veterans…

Sharon Bailey is a retired Major with the Air Force and works in Rockland with BRIDGES as the Veteran Outreach Administrator for their Vet-to-Vet Support Program. Bailey told the panel, something as basic as getting a job after service can make the difference in how veterans proceed with their lives…

The committee will take what they learned to help shape legislation to improve mental health treatment for veterans.

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