Veteran's Saving Veterans
Organized by: christopher Odom
22 veterans a day take their own lives. That is approximately 154 lives in a week and on a bigger scale 8030 lives in a year. this number is extremely large considering that less that 10 % of our overall population has or is serving in the United States Armed Forces. That is 22 a day too many. I speak to you as a retired United States Army combat veteran, as a father, husband, brother, son and a friend. There are so many of my brothers and sisters in arms returning that cannot cope and feel alone. Their families cannot begin to understand the turmoil Post Traumatic Stress Disorder will have on their loved ones. Not every one understands the triggers or stress it causes to go out in public or your desire to shy away from those who care about you. My goal is to build a resource so that we can at the very least reduce the number of precious lives lost, to help families learn to be a support system and make sure no person who has served this country feels that suicide is their only option. I was lucky enough to have a support system that helped me, which is why we need to rally around those who have given so much of themselves. Never again do I want to routinely google my best friend's name to make sure he hasn't shown up in the obituaries because he felt so alone that he drops off the radar and disappears again. Join me in my fight to build a foundation that these veterans severely need and deserve.