Watch this 2 minute video about our National Petition to The President, Congress, The U.S. Military and the Democratic and Republican Parties
AND HELP US SPREAD THE WORD
Purple Star Veterans and Families exists
To unify the voice of Veterans, their immediate and extended family members and as important, the friends, advocates and organizations who support our Veterans.
We are moving toward our goal of creating needed support and change
Together we are strengthening the Homecoming Safety Net
Veterans, Peacekeepers, Civilian Contractors and their family members are among our most productive and contributing citizens within every community worldwide.
Regardless of nationality
Homecoming is a challenge for every military family of every nation.
If you are reading this, you are likely a Veteran yourself, know a Veteran or are related to one.
If you have never served, this is your opportunity to do so now.
Prevent Veteran Suicide by addressing the hidden wounds of war before they leave the military
A National Petition
To The Office of The President, Congress and the U.S. Military
Every 65 minutes
A Veteran Dies from Suicide
22 Per Day = 669 Per Month = 8,030 Per Year
More Veterans Die From Suicide Each Year Than All US Military Killed In Action Since 911 Combined
This number is unacceptable and preventable
What is contributing to this suicide epidemic?
Far too many Veterans are suffering from the hidden traumatic wounds of war
Veterans who need help the most are reluctant or incapable of asking for it.
Fear of being stigmatized
Fear of having documentation in their medical records for seeking help
Seeking counseling infers they are broken and need to be “fixed”
Compounding the problem:
Once service members leave the military and become Veterans, all mental health services are voluntary, which means the onus is on the Veteran to ask for help
“At Risk” Veterans with hidden emotional wounds are falling between the cracks and spiraling out of control at an alarming rate
Two clear solutions:
1. Help Veterans with hidden wounds before and after they leave the military.
The military must begin the creation of comprehensive psychological and emotional decompression training for all service members before and after separation from service with additional attention to combat and combat related job specialties
2. Help families prepare for homecoming before Veterans come home
The military must create nationally standardized and readily available homecoming preparedness resources for families
Change.org provides the opportunity for this message to be heard and acted upon by our government