American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Honors Runyan with “Allies for Action” Award

Jun 18, 2013 Issues: Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, June 13th, Congressman Runyan (R-NJ) was presented with the 2013 “Allies for Action” Award from the Public Policy Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

“The suicide rate among our military personnel and veterans is of serious concern,” said John Madigan, Senior Director of Public Policy for AFSP.  “It is clear that more must be done to address this national health problem especially as more soldiers return home from Iraq and Afghanistan.  We are thankful for Representative Runyan’s support aimed at addressing this vital issue.”

Rep. Runyan has made suicide prevention a huge priority since coming to Congress in 2011.  As a member of the House Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Committees, he has focused on raising awareness and securing funding for veterans suicide prevention.  For the past two years, Rep. Runyan and Rep. Holt (D-NJ) have worked on a bipartisan basis in support of funding for veterans suicide prevention outreach.

 “It is truly an honor to receive this award from AFSP,” said Congressman Runyan.  “Since coming to Congress, suicide prevention, particularly among our nation’s veterans, has been one of my top priorities.  Every day, 22 military veterans commit suicide according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.  This should be unacceptable to every American.  It’s both my duty and honor to support the brave men and women who have fought for my freedom and yours.”

To see a photo from the ceremony, click here