April 18, 2014
The legacy of an Iraq war veteran from Las Vegas is playing a role in ensuring soldiers and Marines are better treated by the Veterans Affairs Department.
The House last week passed legislation named after Justin
He's a Las Vegas High School graduate who was diagnosed with
post-traumatic stress disorder and overdosed after staff at a VA
hospital gave him a supply of medications to administer himself.
It includes a provision by Congresswoman Shelley Berkley to require the VA to assess procedures including oversight and distribution of prescriptions at its mental health facilities, and report back to Congress.
The bill hasn't passed the Senate.
Bailey's parents still live in Las Vegas.
Stepmother Mary Kaye Bailey says the family is honored to have Justin's name on the bill and grateful that Congress is addressing concerns about veterans facing substance-abuse issues.