Our country’s Veterans, those who have sacrificed so much to protect us, deserve our unconditional support. As we approach World Mental Health Day on October 10th, it’s crucial to acknowledge that our Veterans face unique and overwhelming challenges when it comes to mental health.
The Urgent Need for Stronger Mental Health Support
Our Veterans carry the heavy burden of service, and the transition back to civilian life is overwhelming for many. From post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to anxiety, depression, and more, too many of these heroes bear invisible wounds. Many have faced combat exposure, deployment stressors, sexual trauma, physical injuries, the loss of comrades, and struggle with the challenges of adjusting to post-deployment life.
Veterans face an often insurmountable barrier towards seeking help: the stigma surrounding mental health. For Veterans, the protectors of our country and heroes who keep us safe, this stigma is even more prevalent. Those who put their lives on the line to keep people safe fear admitting to the perceived weaknesses associated with mental health.
When we fail to provide our Veterans with the support they need, it’s easy for them to slip through the cracks and away from the care they need and have earned. The consequences of this are devastating. In the United States, 17 Veterans die by suicide every day. These are the brave individuals who put their lives on the line for our safety, and we cannot allow them to suffer in silence.