“According to a Washington Post report, 19 suicides occurred on VA property between October 2017 and November 2018.”https://www.stripes.com/news/us/three-veterans-in-five-days-die-by-suicide-at-va-facilities-1.576761
Is it not bad enough that our nation’s veterans are killing themselves at a reported rate 0f 20 plus a day? Is it not bad enough that veterans seeking and asking for assistance are being told to wait months on end until they can get an appointment? Is it not bad enough that our nations veterans are falling through the cracks?
11% of the homeless adult population are veterans.National Coalition For Homeless Veterans
It takes more than doing ice bucket challenge or 22 push-ups, yes, these viral phenomena bring awareness to the issues, but they only last for a second or until the next viral sensation arrives. It is up to us, in the veteran community to use our stories, use our selfless service and our leadership skills in order to advocate for ourselves.
“According to the latest VA data, 20 veterans die by suicide every day. Of those deaths, 14 are not receiving VA health care.”https://www.stripes.com/news/us/three-veterans-in-five-days-die-by-suicide-at-va-facilities-1.576761
There are numerous veteran organizations, charities and non-profits that have made it their mission to provide the support and structure for veterans to come together, share that sense of comradery and begin to take their lives back. These organizations and the people who run them all share in the creed of, “You are Never Alone”, and where the Department of Veteran Affairs fails you, we as a community will be there to help fill those cracks.
A simple gesture, can go a long way.
The best thing about helping a fellow veteran is that you don’t have to be affiliated to any organization to do so, all it takes is some empathy, understanding and the willingness to just sit there and listen. It may be as simple as sending a text or calling that friend or battle buddy that you haven’t spoken to in a while, or that simple look, that makes them know that you understand. So many of our veteran brothers and sisters are falling between the cracks and is up to all of us to fill seal those cracks.
If you are a veteran or know of a veteran in need or is looking to make a connection please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or socalvetcoalition.org