Boozman Co-Sponsors SPEED Act

John Boozman

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) is one of six senators seeking to reduce veteran suicide by making the dedicated crisis hotline easier to access.

Boozman joined Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jon Tester (D-MT) as the lead Republican sponsor of the Suicide Prevention by Eliminating Excessive Digits Act of 2019 (SPEED) Act, which requires the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to designate a three-digit dialing code, like 911, for the current Veterans Crisis Line number.

“Despite the significant resources we have allocated toward suicide prevention efforts, the number of veterans who take their own lives everyday remains unchanged. More work must be done to find ways to reach veterans in need. Establishing a three-digit number that is easy for veterans to remember, and quick to access in a crisis, is one simple way we can save more lives. We simply have to do everything in our power to move the needle in the right direction,” said Boozman.      MORE

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