Sunday, November 5, 2017

Veterans Day Reminder of the Forgotten

All Veterans Should Matter Everyday
Combat PTSD Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
November 5, 2017 

There is a serious problem in this country when men and women are expected to show up to fight our battles but we don't show up to fight for all of them when they need us.

Veterans Day is next weekend. Cannot think of a better time to do this for all our veterans, especially the Pre-9-11 veterans everyone seems to have forgotten about.

When we pay attention to only young veterans, what does that say about us? When we only donate to groups claiming to help only young veterans, what does that say to the majority of the veterans?

I hope this effort will open your eyes so that maybe we can actually change the outcome.

There is a huge difference between what we think we know and what there is to actually learn.

The Department of Veterans Affairs released their reports on how many veterans are committing suicide. What they left out of the report will shock you.

The numbers came from veterans in the VA system and from death certificates. Suicide was a factor but so was a connection to military service.

Some states have "Armed Forces" along with a question as to which war. Some states do not have a space for military service.

***Images were searched for every state. Where you see "yes" it was found but where you see "no" double check me to see if I just missed it. Some were very hard to read.***

Here are the states and the facts you need to know.


Alabama
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
130 suicides 2014
344,304 Veterans Population


Alaska
38 suicides 2014
69,848 Veterans Population


Arizona
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
259 suicides 2014
483,026 Veterans Population

Arkansas
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
100 suicides 2014
207,886 Veterans Population

California
NO
Bill passed this year to add it
662 suicides 2014
1,693,602 Veterans Population

Colorado
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
178 suicides 2014
377,992 Veterans Population

Connecticut
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
49 suicides 2014
189,056 Veterans Population

Delaware
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
24 suicides 2014
72,017 Veterans Population

District of Columbia
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
Under 10 suicides 2014
28,055 Veterans Population

Florida
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
591 suicides 2014
1,461,772 Veterans Population

Georgia
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
200 suicides 2014
651,283 Veterans Population

Hawaii
? See below
33 suicides 2014
109,871 Veterans Population

Idaho
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
54 suicides 2014
115,951 Veterans Population

Illinois
NO 
Bill passed this year to add it
193 suicides 2014
639,445 Veterans Population

Indiana
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
136 suicides 2014
408,790 Veterans Population

Iowa
NO
25 suicides 2014
198,627 Veterans Population

Kansas
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
88 suicides 2014
187,113 Veterans Population

Kentucky
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
136 suicides 2014
280,030 Veterans Population

Louisiana
NO
112 suicides 2014
261,772 Veterans Population

Maine
NO
55 suicides 2014
113,958 Veterans Population

Maryland
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
89 suicides 2014
384,882 Veterans Population

Massachusetts
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
73 suicides 2014
338,287 Veterans Population

Michigan
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
213 suicides 2014
600,135 Veterans Population

Minnesota
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
113 suicides 2014
322,421 Veterans Population

Mississippi
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
74 suicides 2014
174,500 Veterans Population

Missouri
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
207 suicides 2014
438,287 Veterans Population

Montana
NO
58 suicides 2014
84,496 Veterans Population

Nebraska
NO
61 suicides 2014
127,730 Veterans Population

Nevada
NO
127 suicides 2014
212,314 Veterans Population

New Hampshire
NO
37 suicides 2014
99,552 Veterans Population

New Jersey
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
93 suicides 2014
360,415 Veterans Population

New Mexico
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
91 suicides 2014
152,055 Veterans Population

New York
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
225 suicides 2014
773,063 Veterans Population

North Carolina
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
249 suicides 2014
673,382 Veterans Population

North Dakota
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
23 suicides 2014
50,185 Veterans Population

Ohio
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
244 suicides 2014
759,737 Veterans Population

Oklahoma
NO
149 suicides 2014
276,348 Veterans Population

Oregon
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
144 suicides 2014
295,348 Veterans Population

Pennsylvania
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
311 suicides 2014
821,624 Veterans Population

Rhode Island
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
16 suicides 2014
63,726 Veterans Population

South Carolina
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
143 suicides 2014
368,017 Veterans Population

South Dakota
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
30 suicides 2014
62, 645 Veterans Population

Tennessee
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
166 suicides 2014
450,313 Veterans Population

Texas
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
554 suicides 2014
1,496,724 Veterans Population

Utah
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
82 suicides 2014
131,381 Veterans Population

Vermont
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
24 suicides 2014
43,725 Veterans Population

Virginia
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
227 suicides 2014
690,427 Veterans Population

Washington
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
219 suicides 2014
558,895 Veterans Population

West Virginia
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
69 suicides 2014
140,755 Veterans Population

Wisconsin
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
133 suicides 2014
368,382 Veterans Population

Wyoming
Yes, Armed Forces Veteran
 25 suicides 2014
45,420 Veterans Population


Puerto Rico
Under 10 suicides 2014
Not really sure about the different results from Puerto Rico. 
Check the links and try to figure it out.
89,665 Veterans Population
US Census 2015 95,342
There are somewhere around 75,000 U.S. Army veterans living in Puerto Rico. Most served during the Vietnam War. After Hurricane Maria, many are now living in shelters. Thousands of people, not just veterans, have been displaced by the storm, and the shelters are packed. 
Some states have separate rules on who they consider a veteran. 
Hawaii has "'Veteran' means any person who has served in any if the armed services if the United States, or any person who is now a citizen of the United States who has served in any of the armed services of any country which was an ally of the United States in any war or campaign in which the United States was also engaged and has been discharged from that service."
I hope that explains why I make no apologies to all the folks running around the country claiming to be "raising awareness" at the same time they only talk about the OEF and OIF veterans. I really hope the next time you decide to support a Veteran's Charity, you check to see what they are doing with your money and who is being left out.