An average of 20 United States military veterans and 1 person on active duty kill themselves every day.
In current wars, more service members will die from suicide than from combat.
Nearly a thousand former soldiers under the care of the Department of Veterans Affairs attempt suicide every month.
Veterans are on average 21 percent more likely to die by suicide when compared to civilians.
Soldiers are less likely to seek help due to stigma and harassment by their command and peers.
Many active duty GIs do not receive adequate help from the Pentagon and VA system.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) does not require combat experience.
Many active duty GIs and veterans suffer from PTSD and/or major depression.
Please see our article published in Military Medicine! We welcome your feedback.
The following is a video from Dr. Howard Waitzkin’s presentation regarding the recently published Health Care Under the Knife: Moving Beyond Capitalism for Our Health.
Below you can listen to the song Soldier’s Heart by the late Jacob David George. Many veterans and active duty military service members have found Jacob’s style of storytelling and specifically his album Soldier’s Heart to provide refuge, space to heal, and camaraderie. More songs, history, poems, and ways to contribute to the fund that helps bring Jacob’s music and healing to veterans can be found by following the link to his memorial website. Jacob’s story provides inspiration to us in our work at the Civilian Medical Resources Network.
Used with Permission: www.jacobdavidgeorge.org