S. 479, The Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act (27 comments ↓)

  • This bill has been mooted by the passage of another bill on the same subject or by other events. Check 'Related Bills' below to see if other bills on this subject have been passed into law. Mooted: 11/5/2007.
  • This item is from the 110th Congress (2007-2008) and is no longer current. Comments, voting, and wiki editing have been disabled, and the cost/savings estimate has been frozen.
  • This bill, or a similar bill, was reintroduced in the current Congress as S. 1455, The Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment Act.

S. 479 would reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans.

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February 24, 2007, 1:39am (report abuse)

Please support this important legislation. Visit the family's excellent website at http://joshua-omvig.memory-of.com or http://ptsdcombat.blogspot.com for more information and support. This is what *real* support the troops is all about.

J and L

March 11, 2007, 12:57pm (report abuse)

Our hearts go out to all Joshua's family and friends. We, too, lost a son to PTSD, but it was 23 years after the service injury. The government gave him little help and denied him PTSD until after he committed suicide. At least there will be a little something each month for his son. God bless us all.


March 14, 2007, 6:16pm (report abuse)

I support the Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act. I would like to see it passed asap, this is very important, this family & plenty of others has suffered a great loss.We have many comming back, the numbers are high, way too high, if we can send them off to war then our country can take care of them & provide them with the best, there is no excuse for this not to pass, there is no reason for another one to have to live with PTSD & not receive the help they need, for our country not to help them with the best medical care possible is a injustice, a disgrace to them & to the American people.

Susan Coats

March 15, 2007, 10:02pm (report abuse)

I support the Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act.My son came home from Afghanistan without a scratch but he suffered mentally and one day put a bullet in his head. We can't recover from losing him. Our family is destroyed. He tried to get help but no one was there to help him. I can't stand to see another family go through this. We have to have help available to our Veterans, our Hero's who honorably serve this Country. We can no longer turn our backs to this.

Kari Jones

March 15, 2007, 10:20pm (report abuse)

I support the Joshua Omvig suicide prevention act. My husband attempted suicide while in combat due to PTSD. This is an urgent matter that has to be taken serious before we lose another hero to combat stress.

Jean Turner

March 15, 2007, 10:30pm (report abuse)

PLEASE pass "Josh's Bill"!! This is SO important to ALL veterans of ALL our wars. We must stop "looking the other way" and treat out Vets!!

John Durden

March 15, 2007, 11:20pm (report abuse)

I support the Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention act.

I am A Vietnam Veteran who served 2-1/2 tours in Vietnam, US Army.

I am disabled from PTSD and Agent Orange problems.

On Jan.6, 2006, I had reach a point that I could not longer live with nightmares and flashback. My life was coming apart.

I am one of the lucky ones, I was talked into going to the VA for suicidal thoughs and was placed in the Mental Ward on Suicide watch.

There is not a day I don't think of the death I was involed in. And there is not a day or night that I dont eather have nightmares or flashbacks. Life is still hell at times and I have thought about suicide when I can't handle it.

We War Veterans need this. Do the right thing and save a Solder.

720th MP BN. US Army Sept.68 to Jan 70

Laurie R Maitland

March 16, 2007, 2:43am (report abuse)

Please support the Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act. It will never be an accurate count of love one lost due to PTSD because so many cases have gone unmentioned. My father committed suicide in 1985 due to PTSD after serving in Vietnam.

martha moore

March 16, 2007, 6:49am (report abuse)

I support the Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Bill; my thoughts and prayers go out to his family along with all families whom have loss a love one threw suicide. I too lost my son Doug in Jan, 2006 to this tragic event and must say that each day without him is a day of many tears.

I would like to see this bill pass because our men and women whom has fought for our country deserve to have the very best from our government anything less is a slap on the wrist to them.

They need our love and support all the way.

B. Moles

March 16, 2007, 7:19am (report abuse)

If passing the Josh Omvig bill saves one young soldier, it should be passed.

Robin Chase

March 16, 2007, 7:39am (report abuse)

I am the mother of two OIF solders, both with PTSD. A son going to war is hard. I am lucky that they both returned to me. The thought of losing them now to PTSD is a nightmare. This bill must be passed!

Myles Glasgow

March 16, 2007, 10:52am (report abuse)

A Congress of representatives of 300,000,000 Americans who in 2002 can vote over 95% in favor of approving unlimited force and a blank check, (drawn involuntarily on the wallets of all federal tax payers and their families and their children's children), against 19,000,000 people from very divided populations in Iraq, (though told by UN inspectors and others before hand that the alleged "Bush league intelligence" they were buying was wrong, should at least tax those top 100 war profiteers like Halliburton and the oil companies (who for four years have been making extraordinary profits from war contracts and the increase in gasoline costs paid by the taxpayers whose children are being billed to pay for this stupid adventurism)

the very best medical care Isn't that the least this Congress can do? Don't you think so?

Myles Glasgow


March 16, 2007, 3:00pm (report abuse)

As a mother raising a child with no father due to PTSD related suicide, I can relate with the pain the families will never recover from. We must do everything humanly possible to protect our service men and women from this tragedy. I fully support this bill and hope all others will do the same.

Brenda Thorne

March 16, 2007, 4:18pm (report abuse)

I demand that our Congress fully support the Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act. How can we send our children off to war and not be there for them when they return? PTSD care and VA outreach needs to be located in the community where it can be available to the returning Guards and Reservists!

Tom Howe

March 16, 2007, 10:59pm (report abuse)

As a United States Marine combat veteran of Vietnam, and a member of Veterans and Military Families for Progress (VMFP, www.vmfp.org), I support passage of the Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act.

Please bring an awareness of suicide among military members and veterans to all in the U.S. Senate and House, and to the American people.

Linda Kemp

March 17, 2007, 5:11pm (report abuse)

This bill is very important if we are to open our eyes to the invisible affects of war on the brave soldiers who have volunteered to leave home and family because they felt it was honorable and right to do so. No matter how we became involved in this endeavor we must see the life long affects it has rendered for so many men, women, and families. All of the wounded, whether physically or mentally, must be cared for with all of our resources. Do the right thing and vote yes for the Joshua Omvig Suicide Prevention Act.

N H Conner

March 22, 2007, 11:34am (report abuse)

The bill is critical for families of service men & women.Everyone suffers, I am raising a child with problems because of the impact her fathers suicide had on her. Years of trying to cope with her personal demons because of his death.


March 30, 2007, 7:16pm (report abuse)

This bill is so important, even to people who do not realize it. It's hard to look up an old friend, who had a zest for life, and find out that he committed suicide due to PTSD. It happened to me, and I can only imagine what his mother and family members are going through, because it left me devastated.

Help the men and women that are returning home with this terrible disorder.

"Not all wounds are visible."


April 4, 2007, 6:26am (report abuse)

Emotional and mental 'wounds' are every bit as real, and can be more life-threatening than the physical.

This bill is a step in the right direction of supporting our veterans. And I agree that the care should be within local communities. Our vets should NOT have to go through beaurocratic hoops to get help.


May 8, 2007, 7:45pm (report abuse)

this bill is so important to people, because it is in the right direction of supporting our veterans. I also agree that care should be given to all veterans within local communities. Our vets should definetly NOT have to go through the tragic things that get in their way. I think that without our veterans we would not have a free country and they should get all the problemless support they can get.

Deborah Davitt

May 9, 2007, 1:06pm (report abuse)

I not only support this bill, but also gave my congressman permission to use my statement to the VA regarding my husband's suicide in 1983 and the supporting evidence that the VA his records from him and his doctors.

He was a Vietnam Vet, USMC, in country '68.

Iam so relieved to see this "taboo" topic out in the open because in the past, the shame factor has been the trump card played against these brave people who served our country.

L Gaspar

September 6, 2007, 4:22pm (report abuse)

I support this. It is common sense to give our young people the support they need. They give us their lives. It is the least we can do. I can't figure out why we need to get an act passed to do the right thing.

Mary B, RN, mental health professional

September 11, 2007, 11:36pm (report abuse)

Are we all aware that Senator Tom Coburn, (R-OK) was the sole hold-out in the senate against this bill? Are all those in Oklahoma protesting loudly and clearly? This one seems to be a no-brainer, doesn't it?? Dr Coburn has some very invalid concerns; please help him understand them!

R L Wheeler

September 28, 2007, 7:24pm (report abuse)

I welcome an act from Congress to support and mandate this very important need. As a 20 yr vet, I know a little bit about the scope of the problem and its impact on our veterans and their families. It is now time to commit real resources to giving those who have served and sacrificed a lifeline.


November 4, 2007, 12:40am (report abuse)



Just another Veteran

May 6, 2008, 11:52pm (report abuse)

I am thinking of doing this

You Are Not Just Another Veteran

May 6, 2008, 11:58pm (report abuse)

You are a person who people care about - you can't even imagine how many there are.

If you need help, go here, find a number, and call. I want you to call.


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