Congresswoman Corrine Brown said “22 Veteran Suicides a Day Is Unacceptable” and discussed how the Veterans Crisis Line can help prevent suicides amongst our soldiers.
Corrine Brown, a U.S. Representative for Florida’s 5th congressional district, encouraged the American public to “soldier up and reach out to veterans and make sure that they’re calling the VA.” 22 veterans a day are committing suicide, and this is a deeply troubling statistic. Moreover, many of the soldiers who commit suicide are African-Americans who served in the Vietnam War.
According to Brown, only three out of the twenty-two suicide victims are involved with Veterans Affairs. “We as a community need to soldier up and get them involved” in Veterans Affairs Rep. Brown said.
Are you a veteran or concerned about one?
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.