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House passes bill focused on mental health of female veterans

House passes bill focused on mental health of female veterans

Under a House bill passed Tuesday, the Department of Veterans Affairs would have to look closely at whether its mental health and suicide prevention programs meet the needs of the growing number of female veterans.

A study released over the summer found that women who have served in the military commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of those in the civilian population.

“One suicide is way too many, and the VA, in my opinion, has to make this the highest priority,” said Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village), sponsor of the bill.

Brownley's measure also would...

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