Veteran Suicide: Twenty-Two A Day.

PolitiChicks.comGreater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

America is the land of the free because of the brave. Every freedom we are privileged to enjoy in this great land has been purchased by the sacrifices of the great men and women who have served in our military. And yet those who served us so well are in need.

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Every single day twenty-two veterans commit suicide.  Shockingly that is a suicide every 65 minutes.

Nationally veterans make up 10 percent of the population but are approximately 20 percent of the nation’s suicides. In 2013 President Obama announced $107 million in new funding for better mental health treatment for veterans (nearly the same amount as his 2013 $100 million week vacation to South Africa).

These brave warriors fought for us and now it is time that we begin to fight for them. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act unanimously passed the 114th Congress and was signed into law by President Obama on February 12, 2015. The SAV Act is supposed to do the following:

  • Increase access to mental health care by, among other things, creating a peer support and community outreach pilot program to assist transitioning service members as well as a one-stop, interactive website of available resources.
  • Better meet the demand for mental health care by starting a pilot program to repay the loan debt of students in psychiatry so it is easier to recruit them to work at the VA.
  • Boost the accountability of mental health care by requiring an annual evaluation of VA mental health and suicide-prevention programs.

PolitiChicks.comThis is a beginning but it is also not enough. Government rarely has the best plans and so I offer my suggestions of what we as ordinary Americans can do.

  • We can and must pray for our veterans, consider joining a prayer group that prays for our veterans and their families and if you can’t find a prayer group to join, start one.
  • As we prepare to choose a candidate for the 2016 election we must demand that all candidates seeking our vote make all of our veterans a priority over any other class in our nation. Our veterans must come first.
  • Make sure every veteran that you know has the confidential Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and Press 1).
  • Contact the following links to volunteer to serve our military: va.gov/volunteer www.milserv.org www.dav.org/help www.voa.org/veterans these are just a few but there are thousands of groups available that need your help. Your local VFW will also have opportunities and ideas.

Let us always remember that our veterans are our superheroes. Our veterans are what made America great and we owe them a debt that we can never repay. We have the best military in the world and we have not always treated and cared for them as we should have. Please join me and let’s begin to change that today.

Karen Watson

Texas PolitiChick Karen Watson is the Founder and President of GOPBuzz.com, an Internet portal for Republican events nationwide, Karen Watson has written and self-published her first book, Being Black and Republican in the Age of Obama. While a high school student in 1984, Watson attended her first Republican National Convention to nominate Reagan/Bush and has remained active in the Republican Party. As a keynote speaker at various Tea Party and Republican clubs, and as a guest on radio and television, Watson communicates her message that "conservative values are the right values for all Americans, regardless of race or gender". Karen, a native Texan, opened Karen Watson Mortgage in 2004 and currently serves the real estate community in North Texas. She is in the final edit stages of her second book, 'How the Democrats stole the black vote and How the Republicans can win it back.'

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