ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Veteran Crisis - An American Problem

Updated on May 31, 2013
The VA wants you to post this everywhere you can!
The VA wants you to post this everywhere you can! | Source

Reflecting on Memorial Day

Memorial Day has come and gone for this year; but it left me thinking. I remember the days of parades, 21-gun salutes, flags flying everywhere, and putting flowers on our ancestor’s graves. I kept up the tradition when I was younger, but it slowly faded away over the years. Then, the evening news gave me alarm. The editorial that evening presented one of the most alarming statistics I have heard in a long time. Our veterans are in crisis! This is not just a military issue, it is an American issue. “Almost once every hour, a military veteran commits suicide” (Selvaggi, 2013, para. 2).

This really isn’t a new crisis in America, but it wasn’t something I’d really thought about until recently. In fact, CBS first reported on this issue almost 4 years ago. However, the number of active military suicide rates hit a record high in 2012 according to Bill Briggs.

Veteran's Suicide Rates

Year
Suicides
1999
18/day
2009
22/day
2013
24/day

Forecasts are not much better

“Advocates fear the military suicide rate will climb in coming years as more troops are drawn down in Afghanistan” (Briggs, 2013, para. 8). Looking at the table above, if we are losing 24 wonderful vets each day to suicide and the trend is expected to continue, just what does that mean? Will we lose 26 or 28 more people to suicide each day? Stop to think about this - 26 people each day means that about 9,500 veterans will commit suicide over the next year.

Seven percent of our population are veterans. Twenty percent of the suicides each year are veterans. This should not be happening. The Veterans Administration has implemented programs and even created new positions within their organization to deal with this problem; however, the problem remains. Politics and government cannot be our American cure-all. Organizations are only as good as the people who run them and the amount of time and resources they have available. Yet, it is always the citizens that make America great. This alarming statistical information on Veteran's Suicide can better be addressed when we all become knowledgeable and take action to correct this problem.

Active Duty Deaths

More active duty members commit suicide than members that are killed in the line of duty.
More active duty members commit suicide than members that are killed in the line of duty.

Know what's available

Take some time to review the website above. There are several resources there to help you better understand how to help the vet in your life. Many times, our veterans will not open up to us. Their training has taught them to be strong, but that same training prevents them from seeking help when it is needed. I've never been on the front line of a war, but I can tell you that by just watching the highly publicized "Operation Desert Storm" on television made a mark on my life. I can't even begin to imagine what our wonderful vets have gone through.

If you are a vet, or know a vet and you are concerned about them, please do what you can to prevent another statistic. This is America, our vets have served to keep us free; let’s make sure we return the favor by helping them with their transition to our free American life as they return.

References

Briggs, B. (2013, January). The enemy within: Soldier suicides outpaced combat deaths in 2012. Retrieved from http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/03/16309351-the-enemy-within-soldier-suicides-outpaced-combat-deaths-in-2012?lite

Briggs, B. (2013, January). Military suicide rate hit record high in 2012. Retrieved from http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/14/16510852-military-suicide-rate-hit-record-high-in-2012?lite

Briggs, B. (2013, February). 22 veterans commit suicide each day: VA report. Retrieved from http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/01/16811249-22-veterans-commit-suicide-each-day-va-report?lite


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)