An important segue topic today. . .As you know, one serious problem that I am deeply interested in is providing help for the Post-Traumatic Stress that our veterans face post-war. According to new information, the statistics appear worse than we originally suspected.
We must address this national problem
In the past year, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs released that there were approximately 22 veteran suicides per day. This is more than tragic. However, on November 14, 2013, CNN released new information stating previous statistics may be low because of inaccurate reporting methods.
This is a problem that we just have to address.
I think it is important for our military leaders, chaplains, the families of veterans and those who provide care for our veterans to continually stay updated on the issues related to military suicide.
I know that the American Veteran’s Tribute Organization has proposed a plan in which veterans can connect to trained veterans who understand issues faced. These peers will offer resources and support on-line.
We are still raising funds to put this vital program in place, and because of Lakeside’s experience in trauma, group facilitation and emotional and relational health, we have been asked to be the educational resource organization for this project.
I found this CNN article to be compelling. Are we accurately reporting all the suicides? Also, an alarming statistic is that 60% of veterans who commit suicide are over 50 years old…yet another tragedy.
It is my sincere desire and plan to help our veterans by providing a system of support that they will trust and use from the privacy of their own homes.
It is my hope that we will be able to establish this program with the help of some strategic funding in the very near future. It is something that our veterans and their families vitally need.
Gerry Vassar, President/CEO, Lakeside Educational Network