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Suicide rates among the military and veterans continue to rise each year. Such a complicated issue will require a complicated response, but there are immediate steps that can help reduce the risk.

Insurance coverage for PTSD and depression treatment is imperative. Nation- and state-wide crisis hotlines can help those who feel they have nowhere to turn. We need to be able to have open and honest conversations about suicide; not shroud it in mystery.

But a solution requires more than providing the resources; it means overcoming cultural stigmas that perceive seeking help as a sign of weakness in an atmosphere that prides itself on independence and self-reliance. Those most at risk of suicide are the least likely to seek help, fearing repercussions to career and prestige.

Every person's life has meaning. Sign the petition asking the Department of Defense for more comprehensive recognition and assistance for suicidal veterans.

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Dear Department of Defense:

We cannot afford to lose any more of America's dedicated men and women to suicide. Among active duty military, suicides have come to outnumber deaths from combat; veterans, meanwhile, are twice as likely to commit suicide compared to the national average. In short, we're not doing enough to make sure our service members are taken care of psychologically once they return from duty.

Often, coming home from battle can mean returning to another, more perilous war at home — a war of the mind and one that cannot be won without help from professionals. In addition, vets must contend with higher-than-average unemployment and homelessness, factors that drive up suicide rates nationwide.

I'm aware of the life-saving measures the Department of Defense has implemented to reduce the occurrence of veteran suicide, including setting up nationwide crisis hotlines and establishing more comprehensive mental health coverage. But telephone hotlines aren’t enough, because over 6,000 veterans take their own lives each year. This epidemic requires a comprehensive and coordinated approach that acknowledges all of the contributing factors and brings together all of the stakeholders in pursuit of a solution.

Please work with your colleagues to make sure veterans are getting the care they need.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures

Sep 22, 2017 Tammy Berg Please in God's name and grace help our wounded soldiers physically, mentally and emotionally.
Sep 22, 2017 Lee Blevins
Sep 21, 2017 Sandra Schomberg
Sep 21, 2017 Tammy Smith
Sep 20, 2017 tony pallini
Sep 16, 2017 Linda Stanfill
Sep 15, 2017 josilda josilda
Sep 14, 2017 Sheila D
Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Sep 4, 2017 (Name not displayed) Help all our Vets.
Sep 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 4, 2017 Victoria Clouse, RN Please help! I have PTSD/Panic Disorder so I do understand(just a little) what these Military People are going through. PLEASE HELP our Marines, Soldiers/Sailors.They deserve the BEST and more than we can give them for the work/sacrifices they do/make.
Sep 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 3, 2017 DORIS LUDDEN
Sep 2, 2017 ruth pfeiffer Being a military Mom I urge you to watch over all our soldiers and give them the help they need. They all deserve the best medical and mental health care. They all fought for our Nation and deserve our gratitude and help. Please.
Aug 31, 2017 James Vize Stop exploiting our soldiers with multiple no-win tours and have Affirmative Action for veterans at military installations around the country because they deserve more that the ones who benefit from it now.
Aug 31, 2017 Tara Quenneville Better mandatory programs and services in place for trauma exposed veterans returning home
Aug 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2017 robin mccarthy Please help them.
Aug 29, 2017 Patricia Yerid
Aug 28, 2017 (Name not displayed) Part of the problem is restrictions on military chaplains giving the truth of the gospel and teaching worth to a higher power.
Aug 28, 2017 Carol Turner
Aug 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please do more- our son talks to other veterans all the time to help them not take their lives- unfortunately he has lost several to suicide this year with ptsd
Aug 24, 2017 Anne Romanow
Aug 22, 2017 Lara Slough Please do whatever it takes to help our veterans who are dealing with PTSD.
Aug 21, 2017 Allison O'Mahony
Aug 20, 2017 Jean Minter Please issue more help for our veterans mental problems.
Aug 19, 2017 Raleigh koritz Too many Veterans have no place to turn for any help. Dept of Defense - take responsiblity now. They have already served their time.
Aug 18, 2017 Mary Ware
Aug 18, 2017 Yolanda Aguilar
Aug 18, 2017 Phyllis cobb Thank you your courage and sacrifice. I pray for you to find peace and relief from the memories of war. Life is truly worth living, and you deserve being treated for whatever needs you may have after risking your life so that people can live in peace.
Aug 18, 2017 Mary Sier
Aug 18, 2017 Claire Hanson All are men and women in uniform should get the help they need!!
Aug 18, 2017 Elaine Dahl
Aug 18, 2017 Dorothy Newkirk
Aug 17, 2017 Sandy Peters
Aug 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2017 sharon klakken
Aug 17, 2017 Ronald Amador
Aug 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2017 Juanita Gragg They were there for us...ITS WAY PAST TIME FOR US TO BE THERE FOR THEM !!
Aug 17, 2017 Jeanette Lonier God Bless all our military veterans. We send them off to fight for our country but when they come home we don't help them like we should. The deserve more then what there getting. If it wasn't for WWP or Gary Sinse Foundation what would happen to them
Aug 17, 2017 Patricia Csernelabics We must do a better job of taking care of our veterans! After all, THEY were taking care of us!!
Aug 16, 2017 Terry Lowe
Aug 13, 2017 Rhonda Regent
Aug 9, 2017 Colleen Smith Please help us help each other. Psychological illness should not be swept under the table. I lost a very good friend on Aug 3, 2017 to suicide and I believe America owes it to us as veterans to HELP US HELP EACH OTHER!!!
Aug 8, 2017 Lisa Thomas It's real!!! I'm a veteran; I know!!!!
Aug 8, 2017 sharon fowler What you you do to see that they got the much needed help if it was your son or daughter???
Aug 7, 2017 (Name not displayed) Our veterans need more help and assistance - I urgently ask the DOD to make this a priority .thank you
Aug 7, 2017 danielle jacques

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