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    Senator, Navy Secretary Say Sailors Need More Mental Health Help

    Senator, Navy Secretary Say Sailors Need More Mental Health Help

    Navy leaders as well as congressional representatives are vowing to address the service's persistent mental health problems, which have been punctuated by a recent suicide crisis, after a tour of a facility where four sailors died by suicide in just over a month.

    Lawmakers are pointing to a 2021 law that was meant to provide help and asking why it hasn't been fully put into effect by the Pentagon.

    Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Congressman Bobby Scott, D-Va., visited the Naval Maintenance Center in Norfolk, Virginia, along with Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro on Tuesday in an effort to better understand why the unit experienced a rash of suicides in November 2022.

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    Kaine, speaking to reporters after the tour, said that Del Toro acknowledged that more needs to be done for sailors.

    “We owe you maybe better and more than we're providing right now,” Kaine said Del Toro told the sailors.

    Aside from the four suicides at the maintenance center, the Navy failed to disclose a string of suicides aboard the aircraft carrier George , which is in the final months of a years-long overhaul in a Viriginia shipyard. The last known suicide aboard that ship occurred in April 2022.

    The Navy's two top sailors both recently said that the service's suicide problem keeps them up at night.

    Kaine connected the two suicide clusters by…

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