Petitioning The President of the United States

Prevent Veteran Suicide by Addressing the Hidden Wounds of War Before Service Members Leave The Military


Our Vision over the next three years is to see the following programs developed and implemented by the U.S. Military to ensure:

- Every new Veteran leaves the military having completed a homecoming preparedness peer mentoring program taught by fellow Veterans

- Every service member who has served in a Combat or Combat related job specialty is provided comprehensive health, wellness and decompression resources to address the hidden wounds of war before they leave the military

- Every new Veteran has a post-separation plan and schedule with their local hometown VA hospital

- Every new Veteran has a comprehensive homecoming preparedness plan for family, education and employment

- Every Family has access to comprehensive homecoming preparedness training and resources before they welcome their Veteran home

Here are the facts supporting the need for more prevention and early intervention resources for service members and Veterans:

Every 65 minutes A Veteran Dies from Suicide

22 Per Day = 669 Per Month = 8,030 Per Year 

Source Link: 60 Minutes:

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50142077n

 

The military does an incredibly effective job training our young men and women to go to war. These veterans need the same level of training to help them come home.

 "The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, is directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated"

                                                                                   -- George Washington

"At Risk" Veterans who need help the most often fall between the cracks.

Why?

- They are trained to be self-reliant and find it difficult to ask for help 

- Fear of being stigmatized as being weak 

- Fear of having documentation in their medical records for seeking help

Identifying who is “at risk” is nearly impossible since the psychological injuries from war are often hidden for years. Therefore, addressing the traumatic wounds of war must be mandatory for all of our service personnel.

Two clear solutions:

1. We must help Veterans before they become Veterans.

In addition to the recent “Reverse Bootcamp” initiative by The President to provide job skills, personal finances and Veterans benefits, we must provide comprehensive health, wellness and decompression training for all service personnel to address the emotional "hidden wounds" of war before they leave the military and while they are adjusting back into family life, education and employment.

Source Link: Stars and Stripes Article, President's new "Reverse Boot Camp" Initiative

Long-term, outcome-based research into the brain, trauma and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) must be funded to improve better homecoming outcomes.

2. We must help families better prepare for homecoming

Less than 1/2 of 1% of the U.S. Population serve in the military. As civilian family members, we, as a whole are not qualified to address the more serious and complex challenges of traumatized Combat Veterans when they need help the most. We must create nationally standardized and readily available preparedness resources for families before they welcome our Veterans home.

To accomplish these two objectives we must come together as a community.

Our Goal: 1 Million Signatures to begin connecting our vast community of Veterans and families. By accomplishing this goal, we will have the unified voice and message to meet with the leadership of the government and the military to put life saving programs in place before and after our Veterans arrive home.

Together we are strengthening the Homecoming Safety Net

Veterans, parents, grandparents, extended family members, friends and the general public need to speak with a unified voice and a clear message:

Strengthen the safety net for our homecoming Veterans and their families. Mandate comprehensive homecoming preparedness and decompression training for all military personnel before they arrive home.

Please, lend your voice and sign this petition to help us get homecoming right this time!

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NOTE:

Veteran suicide is occurring with both Combat and non-Combat Veterans, when we are in posession of research with these percentages, we will publish them within this petition.

NOTE:

This petition has been created by Veterans and family members of Veterans and is not affiliated with any political party or PAC funding entity nor is this petition affiliated with any faith-based organizations or initiatives.

This is a non-partisan petition and is the concern and responsibility of both political parties and all elected officials.

Letter to
The President of the United States
I am a deeply concerned citizen for the health and wellbeing of our nation's Veterans and their families. I just signed the following petition to "Prevent Veteran Suicide by Addressing The Hidden Wounds of War Before Service Members Leave The Military":

- Every 80 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

The military does an incredibly effective job training our young men and women to go to war. These veterans need the same level of training to help them come home.

The consequences:

"At Risk" Veterans who need help the most often fall between the cracks. Why?
- They are trained to be self-reliant and find it difficult to ask for help
- Fear of being stigmatized for being weak
- Fear of having documentation in their medical records for seeking help

Identifying who is “at risk” is nearly impossible since the psychological injuries from war are often hidden for years. Therefore, addressing the traumatic wounds of war must be mandatory for all service personnel.

Two clear solutions:

1. We must help Veterans before they become Veterans.

In addition to the recent “Reverse Bootcamp” initiative by The President to provide job skills, personal finances and Veterans benefits, we must provide comprehensive health, wellness and decompression training for all service personnel before they leave the military and while they are adjusting back into family life, education and employment.

2. We must help families prepare for homecoming

We must create nationally standardized and readily available resources for families before they welcome our Veterans home.


I am actively joining my voice with this petition to help get homecoming right this time for all of our Veterans, for their families, for our communities and for our country!

Please take action by adopting the recommendations of this petition without delay. Saving a Veterans life every 80 minutes is a personal and honor-bound incentive for us all.

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Sincerely,