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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


Jun 20, 2017 Stacy Wykle
Jun 19, 2017 Steven Schueller
Jun 14, 2017 Benita Smith
Jun 14, 2017 Agnes Hetzel
Jun 11, 2017 Walt Roberts
Jun 10, 2017 Joyce Haskins
Jun 10, 2017 Silva Kruzic
Jun 10, 2017 Wendy Fish
Jun 10, 2017 john manion
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 James Deschene
Jun 1, 2017 Tammy Elliott
Jun 1, 2017 Barry Silverman
May 30, 2017 Lynda Kerr
May 30, 2017 (Name not displayed) NAMI National Alliance for the Mentally ill. Go there for info and group support.
May 30, 2017 Jan Norman
May 29, 2017 Karen Sprague
May 26, 2017 Goldie Antelman
May 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) Sad state of affairs for our Vets who need mental support
May 21, 2017 Patrizia Lazzeri In the United States, a veteran dies by suicide every 80 minutes. That's 18 veterans / day, over 500/mo. 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.
May 20, 2017 Sherrie Collins
May 20, 2017 Nichole Rizzico
May 19, 2017 Kristin Sullivan
May 16, 2017 Elizabeth Baumgardner
May 12, 2017 VANESSA MONTOYA
May 12, 2017 Lora Treadway
May 12, 2017 Christine Elie-Wanamaker
May 7, 2017 Maria Mendez Diaz
May 7, 2017 Susan Titherley
Apr 25, 2017 Brandon Chesser
Apr 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2017 Sandra Ertman
Apr 18, 2017 Dat Tran
Apr 17, 2017 KAREN WASSING
Apr 16, 2017 Joe and Karen Lansdale
Apr 14, 2017 Michelle Dumar
Apr 9, 2017 Melissa Hathaway
Apr 9, 2017 Douglas Deason
Apr 5, 2017 Jack Martin
Apr 5, 2017 Emily Ettinger
Mar 30, 2017 Michelle Cary
Mar 27, 2017 Dr. Connell Walker It is an ongoing national disgrace that we are not getting the services, the therapies, the animal companions, and the support groups to these dedicated, dear persons who gave their all. Please, let's get this done.
Mar 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 27, 2017 Tamara Miller
Mar 27, 2017 Linda Anderson
Mar 27, 2017 Susan Fisher
Mar 27, 2017 Judy Meusel
Mar 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2017 Patty Armstrong
Mar 22, 2017 Laurie Derderian Please help the brave men and women of the military. They deserve the best medical care available. These numbers are horrifying.

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