Media Advisory: Thompson to Host Forum at LECOM on Veteran's Behavioral Health Issues

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) will host a roundtable discussion on behavioral health issues affecting veterans on Monday, Aug. 31.  Focus will be directed toward recent legislation to assist veterans, including, but not solely limited to Thompson-backed initiatives, such as:

  • The Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members (MEPS) Act, which was amended into the Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.  This legislation is intended to improve military suicide prevention by instituting a mental health assessment for all new recruits, to be used as a baseline through their military careers.
  • The Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015, which would allow Veterans Affairs health professionals to practice telemedicine across state borders, improving access to mental and behavioral health services, especially in rural areas.  This builds upon previous Thompson legislation, the STEP Act, which was signed into law in 2013.
  • The Veteran Wellness Act, which will create a grant program through the Department of Veteran Affairs for Veteran Service Organizations’ to assist with the modernization and improvement of facilities to be used for wellness activities.

WHO:

Thompson; Regional stakeholders including representatives from Boots on the Ground, the Veterans Miracle Center of Erie and the V.A. Medical Center of Erie; Erie City Councilman Jay Breneman; veterans coordinators from Gannon University, Mercyhurst University and Penn State Behrend.

WHERE:

LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center, 5401 Peach Street, Erie.

WHEN:

Monday, Aug. 31, from 2-4 p.m.

RSVP:

Media planning to attend, please contact Nick Ruffner at nick.ruffner@mail.house.gov or (202) 680-0006.