As the war in Afghanistan enters its 10th year, and as the war in Iraq enters its 21st year, our troops and veterans suffer enormous casualties. One sad legacy is the current suicide epidemic. In the last two years more of our service members completed suicide than were killed by the enemy. An average of 18 veterans from all wars complete suicide every day.
However, as the wars drag on, the deadly suicide crisis worsens. Untreated depression and PTSD can become serious issues for service members, veterans, and families. Deployment and re-deployment to war, improper denials for care, lengthy delays to see doctors, and discrimination against those seeking mental healthcare further increase the risk for suicide.
This September 11th, let us all pause and remember our wounded, injured, ill, and disabled who pay a very heavy price defending our Constitution and nation. VCS believes our nation must do more to end the suicide epidemic and do more so our veterans receive prompt and high-quality VA medical care and benefits.