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September 16, 2019

Friends,

After eighteen years, I still remember exactly where I was and how I felt watching the events of September 11, 2001 unfold. Iím sure you do, too. I was in Washington, D.C. with a group from the Cabarrus and the Rowan County Chambers. I will never forget how I felt watching live television from the Capitol as the second plane flew into the World Trade Center. I will never forget the plume of smoke coming from the Pentagon that was visible from Capitol Hill. I will never forget the bus ride back to Concord that took twice as long as usual, all of us sitting silent in stunned disbelief of what weíd seen that day.
 
And we as a nation must never forget the lives we lost in New York, at the Pentagon, on Flight 93, and those who have perished in our ongoing war against terror. Renee and I continue to pray for our first responders, our service members, our veterans and their families who sacrifice for our countryís security.
 
 
As a nation, it is our duty to support them and serve those who serve us.
 
Iíve made that a top priority, and I work every day to ensure they have the resources and support they deserve. In fact, just last week a Republican Senator introduced the Senate version of my bipartisan bill, H.R. 2422, the Sergeant First Class Richard Stayskal Military Medical Accountability Act of 2019. This bill is named after a Moore County constituent and veteran, SFC Richard Stayskal. My first priority is making sure SFC Stayskal, service members, and their families receive the support and top-notch health care they were promised. Iím hopeful we can push this through Congress and getting a Senate bill introduced is an important step in that direction.
 
Another priority is addressing the tragedy of veteran suicide and improving access to mental health care. Suicide is a national epidemic that impacts people from all walks of life, and many of our veterans struggle with the invisible wounds of war. Among veterans, suicide rates have increased by 26% from 2005 to 2016. This month is National Suicide Prevention Month, and I want to shine a light on this issue and make sure our nationís heroes know they are not alone.
 
As Fort Braggís Congressman, this is personal for me Ė and I know itís personal for many of you. I have helped pass laws that could help treat post-traumatic stress (PTS) and prevent veteran suicide, including the Clay Hunt SAV Act. I recently cosponsored the IMPROVE Well-Being for Veteransí Act which will expand the reach of the VAís suicide prevention programs and increase coordination of community resources that serve veterans.
 
Weíve taken important steps, but our work is not done.
 
If you are a veteran in crisis or youíre concerned about someone, there are trained responders ready to help 24/7. Visit veterancrisisline.net or call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, or text 838255. As your Congressman, I will continue to work with President Donald Trump to address veteran suicide and provide better treatment, better resources and better care.
 
 
At the end of the day, we all play a role. I encourage you to be there for those you love. Be there, be supportive and be compassionate. Someone you know may be going through a tough time, and just one small act of kindness can make a huge difference and even save a life. To anyone who may be facing difficulty, please know my wife and I are thinking of you and pray you find peace and strength in Godís loving embrace. 

Until next week

Richard Hudson

Member of Congress (NC-08)




 


 



 


 


 





 



 




 





 

 



 








 



 



 


 



 




 




 



 








 





 





 

 



 




 

 



 



 

 





 

 








 



 

 

 

 

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