A news story posted in the Green Bay Press Gazette from Christopher McNulty discusses a report that was made about veteran suicide statistics sourced by the Associated Press. The report did not discuss resources for veterans seeking help so Mr McNulty took it upon himself to spread the word in regards to the options many veterans have available to them. To read the original post, click this link to the Green Bay Press Gazette.
GREEN BAY — Watching the news on Jan. 10, I saw a set of statistics of veteran suicides (source was cited as The Associated Press). I was concerned as the report did not provide any resources for veterans. It was brought to my attention by other veterans that this also disturbed them that there were no resources presented in the report.
Myself and many of these other veterans are and have been affected by our service in the military. As for me I could have been part of these statistics also. I served 21 years in the military. In 2011 I attempted suicide. Since then I have received treatment and care for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and other conditions through the following organizations: Department of Veterans Affairs, Vet Centers, and Artist for the Humanities, Healing Warrior Hearts, and Veterans Treatment Court. Public service announcements are available at VA.gov, vetcenter.va.gov, vba.va.gov, IAVA.org, realwarriors.net, maketheconnection.net, and many more.
Phone numbers that I feel should be listed when veteran-related issues are cited: The Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 option 1 or The Veterans Combat Call Center at 1-877-927-8387. These are provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and are staffed 24 hours a day.