Saturday, July 14, 2018

DOD report on military family member suicides 4 years late!

It is not "22 a day" veterans committing suicide. It is not even "20" because too many are not even counted.

They do not count when the veteran lives in other countries.

They do not count when the veteran has not been given an honorable discharge.

They do not count in far too many cases. The truth is, they needed to be able to count on us, but too many are too busy reducing them down to numbers, while families knew their names.

We do not even mention the fact that the average suicides within the military are about 500 a year.

We sure do not mention the fact that family members commit suicide too. So for all the awareness not being raised, add this to what else you are now aware of! 

Senators: Where's the Military Family Suicide Data?
By Amy Bushatz
13 Jul 2018
The new policy had been due no later than Dec. 19, 2014. But no official report or update on the results of the family member portion of policy has been released.
Two senators want to know the status of information on the suicide rate for military family members, data the Pentagon was ordered to start collecting in 2014.

Defense officials were ordered to standardize and collect that data as part of a larger measure on military suicide included in a 2014 law. And while the Pentagon has fulfilled the request for service member suicide data, it seems to have ignored the order to include military dependents, according to a letter sent by the senators to the Defense Department.

The letter, signed by Democratic Sens. Patty Murray of Washington and Tim Kaine of Virginia, was sent July 12 to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
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The most important thing veterans and families need to know IS THEY CAN HEAL AND IT CAN GET BETTER!

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