West Virginia veterans will be happy to know that the Congress passed a valuable health care legislation for veterans: the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. This is to add to the efforts towards ensuring that veterans receive only the best in mental health care after returning home from war.
Clay Hunt’s Legacy
The act is named after veteran sniper Clay Hunt, who was a member of the Marine Corps and deployed in the Iraq and Afghanistan tours. His service to the nation didn’t end with his honorable discharge in 2009. He was one of the major voices in the advocacy for veterans who go through post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health concerns. He also participated in humanitarian work, together with fellow veterans, in Haiti. While he ended up taking his own life, Clay Hunt left a generous legacy and it’s just fitting that this act be named after him.