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Letter To The Editor: In Response To Brian Griffiths

Senator Bryan Simonaire
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May 18, 2017

Disagreement on policy is one thing, but attacking one’s integrity is another. Last month, Brian Griffiths unbelievably claimed that I submitted my veterans suicide prevention legislation simply to exploit veterans. He claims I only wanted press coverage and my bill had nothing to do with veteran suicides since it didn’t include the word “suicide.” However, my bill specifically states one purpose is to “assist in the reduction of Maryland veterans’ suicide rate.”

More importantly, every public hearing and floor debate clearly stated the purpose of veteran suicide prevention, a measure that was co-sponsored by all 47 senators.

With more than 100 Maryland veterans committing suicide every year, why would someone be so spiteful to attack a legislator for working on legislation to help our most vulnerable veterans?

In a nutshell, my bill passed unanimously and created a program to partner with understaffed nonprofits using specialized dogs to help veterans dealing with PTSD and associated suicide. I have a long history of sponsoring successful legislation helping our military and veterans. This year was no different.

When I reached out to Brian, he refused to talk with me. Sometimes you realize that no matter what you do, some people will never support your efforts.

Contact my office for the video link of the public hearing stating clearly that the bill is about reducing veteran suicides, along with veterans testifying how these efforts save lives. A former secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs testified that my legislation would be the gold standard for America to follow.

Facts have a way of clearing up baseless attacks during an election year. My office number is 410-841-3658.

Bryan Simonaire
Senator, District 31

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