Coburn places hold on suicide prevention bill - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Coburn places hold on suicide prevention bill

Tulsa, Okla. (AP) _ Senator Tom Coburn says he'll continue his hold on a bill that supporters say is intended to prevent suicides among military veterans.  Coburn blocked the bill before congress left for its August break after it passed the house by a vote of 423-0.

He opposes provisions that would require mental health screening for all veterans receiving medical care. Coburn says it duplicates efforts by the Department of Veterans affairs to identify mental illness and counsel veterans who might be suicidal.

He also says the bill violates the civil liberties of vets by "tracking'' those who receive mental health services.  The bill is authored by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa who says it's unanimously supported by veterans groups.  Harkin says the suicide rate in the u.s. Army is at a 28-year high.

(Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Bank employee's 'Walking Dead' toy called racist by customer

    Bank employee's 'Walking Dead' toy called racist by customer

    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:35 PM EDT2018-05-24 17:35:32 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:35 PM EDT2018-05-24 17:35:32 GMT

    A black customer took offense to “Walking Dead” toys on the desk of a white employee.

    A black customer took offense to “Walking Dead” toys on the desk of a white employee.

  • Uber ends self-driving program in Arizona after fatal crash

    Uber ends self-driving program in Arizona after fatal crash

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 1:43 PM EDT2018-05-23 17:43:18 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:37 PM EDT2018-05-24 17:37:55 GMT
    Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)
    Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)

    Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles.

    Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles.

  • Probe: Missile that downed MH17 came from Russia-based unit

    Probe: Missile that downed MH17 came from Russia-based unit

    Thursday, May 24 2018 5:32 AM EDT2018-05-24 09:32:04 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:36 PM EDT2018-05-24 17:36:24 GMT
    The passenger jet was headed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when it was was blown out of the sky over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 passengers and crew were killed. (Source: CNN)The passenger jet was headed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when it was was blown out of the sky over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 passengers and crew were killed. (Source: CNN)

    An international team of investigators say that detailed analysis of video images has established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based...

    An international team of investigators say that detailed analysis of video images has established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit.

Powered by Frankly