President Obama Expresses Condolences And Care In Clay Hunt SAV Speech And Signing At White House [Images]

Antonio J. Newell - Author
By

Mar. 1 2017, Updated 2:59 a.m. ET

On February 12, 2015, President Obama spoke to the nation about the incident with veteran Clay Hunt. Today, he’s agreed to sign the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act.

Article continues below advertisement

As the president spoke, he talked about this topic as being one in which there were no sides. This means Republicans, Democrats, and all other parties have to see eye-to-eye on the matter. In a comical statement, he mentions how they’re all together, regardless of any differences.

Article continues below advertisement
Blockquote open

“Clays parents are Texas republicans. They’re just not your run-of-the-mill republicans.”

- Blockquote close

President Obama seemed very sincere during his White House speech to the Hunt Family. Unfortunately, they lost their son after he came back from the Iraqi war. He exhibited issues many veterans encounter post-war. Clay needed help in resolving his issues. However, like fellow veterans, he often struggled when asking for that help.

Article continues below advertisement

Addressing that issue, President Obama states, “There are a lot of incredible men and women across this country, like Clay, who love their country.”

Article continues below advertisement

Many of them have talked about their struggles with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). It’s a tough condition with which these veterans have to deal.

In a letter President Obama received from a young girl whose father has been affected by PTSD, she states as follows.

Article continues below advertisement
Blockquote open

“I knew that my dad was still in there somewhere. He’s still my father and I’m still his little girl. Help my father to find his way back. Not my family, Mr. President. But other families out there. Don’t forget about them.”

- Blockquote close

The president said that this letter particularly touched him, not only as the president but also as a father.

Article continues below advertisement

Towards the end, Mr. President made this statement toward present and future veterans.

Article continues below advertisement
Blockquote open

“If you are hurting, know this. You are not forgotten, you are not alone. We are here for you…We need you… You make our country better.”

- Blockquote close

After his speech, President Obama had Clay Hunt’s family join him on stage while he signed the Clay Hunt Act into law.

Advertisement

Latest Michelle Obama News and Updates

    © Copyright 2023 The Inquisitr. The Inquisitr is a registered trademark. All Rights Reserved. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.