VIDEO: “Veterans and Suicide — We Must Overcome”
“A healthy veteran is a successful citizen.”
That line appears in the final seconds of a video I recently found on Twitter (via “MilSupport“). This video (which is almost more like a powerpoint), titled “Veterans and Suicide — We Must Overcome,” is absolutely worth checking out. It comes from the group Vets Prevail (they have a Youtube channel and a Facebook page). In less than three minutes, ‘Veterans and Suicide’ conveys the lasting impact that mental illness has on our soldiers.
The theme of this video is one we’ve covered on this blog many times before: how a soldier’s fight on the battlefield doesn’t always stay there; sometimes the war follows you home.
Here are just a few examples of some of the startling facts this video shares:
On average, 18 veterans take their own lives everyday — that’s one death every hour and twenty minutes.
Almost 40% of veterans who have served in Iraq are diagnosed with a mental health issue. One-third receive only minimal care, another third receive no care at all.
Compared to the civilian population, veterans with depression and/or PTSD are more likely to be homeless, suffer from substance abuse, get divorced, become unemployed and attempt suicide.
Simply stated, our veterans aren’t getting all the help they deserve. “It’s time for us to serve them.”
The video concludes with this call to action: “They keep us safe. Help keep them safe.”
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