Multiple studies say that around 20 veterans commit suicide a day. It’s been called an “epidemic.”
It’s sad and it’s not right. How can we help those who have already given the most for their country?
The Senate is about to vote on a bill that would improve programs to help veterans adjust better to civilian life and deal with mental health issues like post-traumatic stress.
Movies like American Sniper bring the toll of war back into our awareness as a nation. When we’re reminded of the high price our soldiers pay to defend our freedom, it should make us want to do what we can to help them.
The measure, which passed the House last month, would require the Pentagon and Veterans Affairs Department to submit to independent reviews of their suicide prevention programs and make information on suicide prevention more easily available to veterans. It also would offer financial incentives to psychiatrists and other mental health professionals who agree to work for the VA and help military members as they transition from active duty to veteran status.
We all know the VA doesn’t do a spectacular job, especially with medical care. But there are lots of other nonprofit groups assisting veterans in our country. Do you know of a good one in your area? How about volunteering an hour or supporting their work?
It seems we can always do more. We cannot forget those who have already sacrificed so much for us. They deserve all the help their country can give in return.