(CNN) - As the country remembers service members who lost their lives this Memorial Day, the Veterans Affairs Department continues to face questions about hospitals where veterans died waiting for doctor’s appointments on long, secretive waiting lists.
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(CNN) - Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds remembers his son as "a sensitive, beautiful child" who was "full of love," but a severe mental illness led Austin "Gus" Deeds to do what his father now describes as the unthinkable. Gus, 24, stabbed his father multiple times before taking his own life.
"Whatever illness that took him was so contrary to his nature," an anguished Deeds recounted in a candid, emotional interview with Anderson Cooper for CNN's "AC360" just two months after his son's death.
Updated 6:17 p.m. ET, 1/7/2014
Washington (CNN) - Roughly two months after Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed multiple times by his son, the Democratic lawmaker is introducing new legislation that targets mental health services in the commonwealth.
His agenda for the 2014 session includes proposals that would create a psychiatric bed registry and expand the time limit for emergency custody orders.
(CNN) - Actress Glenn Close joined lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday to lobby for legislation expanding access and quality of mental health treatment.
Along with Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, and Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, at a press conference at the Capitol, Close said her sister's diagnosis of bipolar disorder late in life prompted her to take action.
Washington (CNN) – The year 2013 started off with a fiercely emotional gun-control debate that dominated Washington for months, as both sides felt bolstered and more fervent than ever with the nation stunned by the mass shooting of first graders in Newtown, Connecticut.
But that's as far as it would go.
A year after the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary, there would be no expanded background checks or other substantial legislative changes in place at the national level.
(CNN) – Just days before the first anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school massacre, a Republican congressman from Pennsylvania introduced new legislation Thursday that seeks to improve the mental health system.
Rep. Tim Murphy, who spent three decades as a psychologist before coming to Capitol Hill, said little has been done in the past year to "get those who need help the help they need," despite tragedies like the one at Sandy Hook and countless others that get less attention.
(CNN) – Outgoing Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia proposed $38.3 million in new funds Tuesday for mental health services over the next two years.
While officials say the budget plans and other initiatives have been in the works for a while, the announcement comes less than a month after Democratic state Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed more than 10 times by his son, who then shot and killed himself.