|Sponsor||Rep. Kratovil, FrankJr.|
|Date||June 2, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Adam Hepburn|
H.Res. 471 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-MD) on May 21, 2009.
H.Res. 471 resolves that the House of Representatives:
• "Expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the May 11, 2009, shooting at the combat stress clinic at Camp Liberty, Iraq;
• "Conveys its ongoing deep gratitude to the brave members of the Armed Forces who risk their lives in service of protecting the Nation;
• "Recognizes the important work of the medical professionals and staff members, who provide essential mental health services to our servicemen and women, at Combat Stress Control Center in Camp Liberty, Iraq, and other clinics in theater and at home; and
• "Commits to focus on the mental, in addition to the physical, well being of the Nation's military servicemen and women, and veterans, and to support the policies, resources, and funding necessary to successfully combat the mental and physical healthcare challenges that they may confront."
On May 11, 2009, a U.S. soldier at the combat stress clinic at Camp Liberty, Iraq, reportedly killed five innocent American servicemen and wounded three others. The combat stress clinic at Camp Liberty and similar clinics provide essential mental health services to servicemen and women. The shooting resulted in the loss of Navy Commander Charles K. Springle, Army Major Matthew P. Houseal, Army Sergeant Christian E. Bueno-Galdos, Army Specialist Jacob D. Barton, and Army Private First Class Michael E. Yates.