22 Veterans kill themselves every day
by sammig on June 4, 2014 - 11:14am
More than half of the 2.6 million veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars struggle with problems streaming from their service. Whether its physical and mental health challenges, financial woes, or a daunting task of re-assimilation to civilian life; the pressure is overwhelming. After the wars, veterans were left to fight their toughest battles alone ultimately resulting in the suicide of 22 veterans every day. Last month the Democrat from Montana introduced legislation that aimed to reduce the number of military veterans committing suicide. The Suicide Prevention for American’s Veterans Act is a joint effort between Walsh and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America group. “I think we do a pretty good job of taking that citizen soldier and making a warrior out of him, but we aren’t doing a very good job of taking that warrior and reintegrating him back into society” there are a lot of resources that can help these service members but a lot of the care they receive often doesn’t give them what they need. These veterans are willing to sacrifice their lives for their country yet they haven’t received the proper care. Walsh’s bill extends the care veterans are entitling to from five years to 15 years. It is said that more should be done to help service men, this is the cost of war; we choose to spend billions of dollars making sure the men were trained and equipped and we need to make sure that they’re ready to go back into society once their service is over.