As Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, Rep. Levin is working to ensure that veterans have access to transition assistance, housing, jobs, and all of the other resources that might help prevent a veteran from taking his or her life due to their economic circumstances. Earlier this year, he led two Congressional hearings that focus on that goal - strengthening economic supports - by addressing veteran hunger and housing insecurity. Last week, he introduced legislation to strengthen the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) by improving counseling pathways for servicemembers returning to civilian life, which is critical to address veteran suicide that can often be driven by economic distress. Rep. Levin also recently introduced the Veterans Economic Recovery Act of 2020 and the Homeless Veteran Coronavirus Response Act to support veterans who are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, Rep. Levin cosponsored several other bills to address veteran suicide, including a bipartisan bill to launch the Zero Suicide Initiative Pilot Program at the VA, and a bill to require that veterans receive culturally competent, evidence-based mental health treatment from private mental health providers.