Thursday, June 1, 2017

How Many Lives Were Saved By Stunts?

How is making veterans aware they are killing themselves preventing them from doing it? 
Combat PTSD Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
June 1, 2017

If you have been doing anything to support "suicide awareness" understand the reasons why most people think you are oblivious.

These stunts, walks, talks, interviews with reporters without a clue, have done nothing for the veterans.

It is time they actually mattered enough for you to realize that this should have mattered enough for the "raisers" to have actually read the reports they base their slogans on.

Here is the link to the VA report from 2012 with the "22" that came from limited data of veterans committing suicide from just 21 states. Look for the part where it says the majority of the veterans are over the age of 50.

Here is the link to the VA report from 2016 and yet again, notice the numbers.

Then add in the fact that all this "prevention" and "awareness" has produced worse results. Same number as 1999 but there were over 5 million more veterans living in the country back then.

22 Pushups is a stunt. What is worse is that as more and more veterans, along with First Responders and current military members, take their own lives, this stunt has gotten more attention than the truth.

The TXDPS Recruit School accepts the "Kill 22" Pushup Challenge as part of an ongoing North American effort to raise awareness of Veteran suicides.
22 Pushup Challenge? Not in uniform or on duty, says Air Force

A nonprofit group called 22Kill has adopted the challenge, and the related hashtags #22pushups and #22kill, to help raise awareness of veteran suicide and raise money to sponsor veterans in programs that help them manage wounds such as depression, brain injuries and post-traumatic stress. The number refers to a commonly cited statistical estimate of how many veterans kill themselves each day, although a recent Department of Veterans Affairs study stated that the actual number is closer to 20 a day.
How is making veterans aware they are killing themselves preventing them from doing it? 

The Lifelock commercial with someone saying that they are not there to do the job but to just alert people about a problem, pretty much sums it up.
While it may feel good to think you are doing something, it should make you sick to your stomach to discover you have done nothing to help veterans find a reason to stay alive. And that is after they survived combat but they can't survive ignorance.