Thursday, March 7, 2019

Iraq War vet sheds light on veteran suicide prevention

Iraq War vet sheds light on veteran suicide prevention after executive order

by Rachel Aragon
March 5th 2019
Weis said what veterans need is for people across the country to take an interest in veterans, both in what they went through and who they are as a person now.
“Not feeling sympathy for them or feeling bad for them, but it’s about bringing them up,” he said. “Letting them know you’re there.” 
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - It’s a national crisis that’s caught the attention of the White House.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 20 veterans commit suicide each day.

“Today we can help end this crisis,” President Donald Trump said Tuesday.

He signed an executive order aimed at bring the number of veteran suicides down.

The executive order creates a new task force that aims to get to the root of the problem.

"The task force will be charged with developing a national research strategy, so that we can more effectively identify, intervene, and help veterans during a time of need,” he said.

“It’s a step in the right direction,” Iraq War veteran Justin Weis said in response to executive order.
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