Rep. Anthony Brindisi will announce a new plan today (May 13) to improve school bus safety, just days after the Norwich City School District released a video of one of its bus drivers saving a student from being hit by an illegally passing car.
Brindisi will join bus drivers, education advocates and transportation officials today to highlight his plan to help ensure children get to and from school safely.
He also announced his continued fight to improve mental health care among our service members.
New bipartisan legislation was announced Thursday (May 9) with Brindisi at the helm, backed by Reps. John Katko (NY-24), Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14), and Mark Meadows (NC-11).
Dubbed the Care and Readiness Enhancement (CARE) for Reservists Act, Brindisi says the bill would allow the Department of Defense to fund behavioral or mental health care for reservists, regardless of whether they are within the 180 day pre-deployment window, or have never deployed.
It would also direct the VA to furnish mental health services for members of the National Guard and Reserves, allowing them to access veteran centers for mental health screening and counseling, employment assessments, education training and other services to help them successfully transition to civilian life
Currently, Guards and Reservists are given annual health assessments, including a mental health assessment, to help identify issues that may affect their ability to deploy in the future.
However, they typically must pursue any follow-up care at their own expense.
“Veteran suicide is a public health crisis, and it is our shared responsibility as Americans to fix the holes in the system and finally improve mental health resources,” said Brindisi. “This bipartisan solution will expand eligibility for VA mental health services to National Guard members and Reservists to help ensure all men and women who have worn our country’s uniform have access to the care they need.”