Normally we use our blog to tell you about some of the more important trends in technology. But today, I’m going to tell you about a more alarming and important trend regarding the suicide rate among US veterans. Regan Technologies is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, and we hold our US Veterans who have served our country in the highest regards.
Let’s start with the problem. I’m using a very recently released study from the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs linked here: http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/2016/07/07/va-suicide-20-daily-research/86788332/
So how can this be prevented? That’s not an easy question to answer. The VA has hired over 5300 mental health providers to address the problem. But because many of the veterans who have committed suicide have not utilized the VA services, there is clearly a large unreached population of veterans. This is too large and too important an issue just be left to the VA. We all benefit from the services of all of our armed services from both those who serve and those who have served. Many veterans come home from war with catastrophic injuries that are clearly visible. You many have seen soldiers with new high-tech prosthetics and think how far along medical treatment has come. Unfortunately, there are far more veterans with invisible injuries, that are often more serious, and cannot be fixed with prosthetics such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Try to imagine what it’s like to be in battle, to live each day knowing there is someone who wants to take your life. Imagine the stress of knowing that loved ones on the other side of the world are living their lives missing you, and growing up without you. Think about the sacrifices the men and women of our armed services make every day. Let that sink in. Yet many of us, myself included are too busy worrying about our day to day that we forget those sacrifices were made on our behalf.
We need to ensure that those who serve and have served get the resources and help they need. We need to make sure that our elected officials know about it too. Our veterans need funding for the VA, and for care outside the VA; they need us to help volunteer our time, gifts, and financial resources too. We need to ensure our veterans get the care they need. Below I’ve linked to some organizations that help veterans:
Stop Soldier Suicide’s Volunteer / Donation page: http://stopsoldiersuicide.org/connect/volunteerdonate/
Operation Never Forget: http://operationneverforgotten.org/get-involved/volunteer/
22 Kill: https://www.22kill.com/veterans-advocate/
National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide : http://www.na2evs.org/Donate
Active Heroes : https://activeheroes.org/peer-mentors/
Mission 22 : http://www.mission22.com/themission-1-1/
Please consider helping our veterans today.
~Stephen Clark, Director of Sales