Prevent Veteran Suicide by Addressing
Every 80 minutes A Veteran Dies from Suicide
18 Per Day = 540 Per Month = 6,570 Per Year
Source Link: New York Times article April 4th 2012
More Veterans Die From Suicide Each Year Than All US Military Killed In Action Since 911 COMBINED
Total Veterans dying from suicide EACH YEAR:
Total U.S. Military killed in action since 911 as of 7-13-2012
Source Link: Defense Casualty Analysis System
The military does an incredibly effective job training our young men and women to go to war. These veterans need the same level of training to help them come home.
"At Risk" Veterans who need help the most often fall between the cracks.
- They are trained to be self-reliant and find it difficult to ask for help
- Fear of being stigmatized as being weak
- Fear of having documentation in their medical records for seeking help
Identifying who is “at risk” is nearly impossible since the psychological injuries from war are often hidden for years. Therefore, addressing the traumatic wounds of war must be mandatory for all of our service personnel.
Two clear solutions:
1. We must help Veterans before they become Veterans.
In addition to the recent “Reverse Bootcamp” initiative by The President to provide job skills, personal finances and Veterans benefits, we must provide comprehensive health, wellness and decompression training for all service personnel to address the emotional "hidden wounds" of war before they leave the military and while they are adjusting back into family life, education and employment.
Source Link: Stars and Stripes Article, President's new "Reverse Boot Camp" Initiative
Long-term, outcome-based research into the brain, trauma and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) must be funded to improve better homecoming outcomes.
2. We must help families better prepare for homecoming
Less than 1/2 of 1% of the U.S. Population serve in the military. As civilian family members, we, as a whole are not qualified to address the more serious and complex challenges of traumatized Combat Veterans when they need help the most. We must create nationally standardized and readily available preparedness resources for families before they welcome our Veterans home.
To accomplish these two objectives we must come together as a community.
Veterans, parents, grandparents, extended family members, friends and the general public need to speak with a unified voice and a clear message:
Strengthen the safety net for our homecoming Veterans and their families. Mandate comprehensive homecoming preparedness and decompression training for all military personnel before they arrive home.
Please, lend your voice and sign this petition to help us get homecoming right this time!
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Purple Star Veterans and Families
Veteran suicide is occurring with both Combat and non-Combat Veterans, when we are in posession of research with these percentages, we will publish them within this petition.
This petition has been created by Veterans and family members of Veterans and is not affiliated with any political party or PAC funding entity nor is this petition affiliated with any faith-based organizations or initiatives.
This is a non-partisan petition and is the concern and responsibility of both political parties and all elected officials.