- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A bill co-sponsored by New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte to prevent suicide among veterans has cleared the U.S. Senate.

The bill, which is aimed at improving mental health care and expanding suicide prevention resources for service members, previously passed the House and now goes to the president.

It would require third-party evaluations of the defense department’s existing suicide prevention programs to identify any that need improvement or elimination. It also would create a website to direct veterans to mental health care services and would create a community outreach program to help veterans transition from active duty.

The legislation is named for Clay Hunt, a Marine Corps veteran who killed himself in 2011 at the age of 28.

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