Serving Those Who Bravely Serve Us
For decades, service members have been placed in incredibly difficult situations domestically and internationally, both on the battleground and beyond.
Some veterans come home from these scenarios with the ability to move past suffering associated with what they’ve experienced, and continue building on their lives with minimal dysfunction to their health. For others, however, the traumatic events they have experienced create a dysfunction that requires professional care, which helps them transition more smoothly to civilian life.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately one in five veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. Further, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that a third of Vietnam veterans will experience PTSD in their lifetime, and each day, an average of 20 of these veterans die by suicide.
Why It Matters So Much to Me
My family has a long history of service in the US Military. In my own lifetime, my dad and grandfathers are/were all veterans. My father is a retired USAF Lt. Colonel and both grandfathers served in WWII and beyond. I take great pride in the sacrifices my family has made for this great country. I believe our veterans deserve high quality healthcare and that their mental health needs should not go unheard, or untreated.
How I Can Help