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In the United States, a veteran dies by suicide every 80 minutes. It's clear that America's veterans aren't getting the psychological help they need in order to cope with the stresses of being a part of the military.

Alarmingly, under the guise of the 2nd Amendment, the National Defense Authorization Act bars any military leader from broaching the subject of privately-owned weapons with another service member to gauge his safety level — even if that member seems to be depressed.

Veterans need to be given resources and support so they can resume their lives after service with little burden. Discussing suicide and psychological safety should be mandatory — not prohibited by law.

Tell Senator Johnny Isakson, also Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, to address this troubling law and see to it that veterans are getting the support they need before and after leaving the service.

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Dear Senator Johnny Isakson,

I want to thank you for the tireless work you do for veterans every day. I would also like to shed light on the troubling issue of veteran suicide.

A veteran commits suicide in America every 80 minutes. That's 18 veterans per day, and over 500 per month. I believe you will agree these numbers are staggering and heartbreaking.

Suicide is viewed by many as a taboo topic, and on this issue the military seems to agree. For example, according to the National Defense Authorization Act, no military leader may address the issue of personal gun ownership with a fellow member so as to adhere to the 2nd Amendment.

But preventing suicide doesn't have anything to do with amendments or rights — it's about preserving life and promoting mental health. That's why military leaders should be allowed to discuss personal gun ownership with other members. The more information one has about someone, the more a potential tragedy may be avoided.

Please do all you can to reverse this foolish law. Our veterans deserve life.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures


Feb 24, 2018 Catherine Argyle
Feb 24, 2018 caryl Saint Clair
Feb 24, 2018 Kathryn Gallagher
Feb 13, 2018 Anita Phaneuf
Feb 13, 2018 Erik Bjarnar
Feb 12, 2018 Opal Cameron
Feb 9, 2018 Beveryn Swaim
Feb 9, 2018 Gail Heyser
Feb 9, 2018 Gloria Trinka
Feb 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2018 Sandra Tucker
Feb 8, 2018 Edward Deutch
Feb 7, 2018 Ruth Rogers
Feb 4, 2018 Sandra Richards
Feb 1, 2018 Russell Jackson
Jan 25, 2018 Geniece Medsker
Jan 25, 2018 K Taylor
Jan 25, 2018 Joan Weigle
Jan 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 25, 2018 Karen Deckel
Jan 25, 2018 Sharon gooding
Jan 23, 2018 Joyce Davis
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2018 Heather Pelletier
Jan 14, 2018 Danielle Eshuis
Jan 14, 2018 Ursula Kiefert
Jan 11, 2018 Nancy Bickford-Jordan
Jan 6, 2018 Jeanne Bradbury These brave young men and women were not suicide risks BEFORE they joined the service. How can the country continue to ignore the heartbreaking facts!! A suicide every 80 minutes!!!!! NATIONAL DISGRACE!!! TOTAL BETRAYAL of these brave soldiers!!!!
Jan 6, 2018 Mike Downs
Jan 2, 2018 Jodi Ford
Dec 29, 2017 Carmen Rodriguez
Dec 28, 2017 FRED KAHN MY BROTHER COMITTED SUICIDE CHRISMAS DAY IN 1974. BECAUSE OF THINGS HE HAD DONE IN VIETNAM
Dec 11, 2017 A Martin
Dec 8, 2017 Isabelle Larmour
Dec 7, 2017 Kathy Smith
Dec 7, 2017 Ken Stein
Nov 27, 2017 Terri Robb
Nov 26, 2017 Pamela Haun
Nov 26, 2017 Sharon Saunders
Nov 19, 2017 CINDY COLLIER
Nov 17, 2017 P Pert Get them the HELP THEY NEED AND DESERVE
Nov 15, 2017 Patti Wyatt
Nov 15, 2017 P Garbett
Nov 12, 2017 Rebecca Pois Needless to say, yes on meeting veterans needs. So sad that this hast to be petition requesting such basic needs as in mental health outreach and treatment.
Nov 11, 2017 robert dowling
Nov 10, 2017 Vianney Ventura
Nov 10, 2017 Kathy Ritchie
Nov 10, 2017 Joanne Franchi
Nov 8, 2017 Karrie Vukelic

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