CLEVELAND, Ohio – A bill aimed at stemming a disproportionate rate of suicides among female veterans has been introduced by Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.

The "Female Veterans Suicide Prevention Act" would expand the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) annual evaluation of mental health and suicide-prevention programs to include data regarding female veterans.

The act also would require the VA to determine which programs are the most effective for female veterans.

The measure was prompted by a VA study from 2000-2010, tracking 174,00 veterans and non-veterans.

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