Monday, April 16, 2018

If your group ignores older veterans shame on you!

Keep in mind that this chart is from the Veterans the VA knows about. Too many others were not counted. What it does show is that most of the veterans committing suicide in Missouri, as well as the rest of the country, are over the age of 50. If your group won't help the majority of the veterans needing help the most, shame on you!

Why shame on you? Just read what came with this report from St. Louis Post Gazette

Phillip Crews, 62shot himself in the hospital’s emergency room waiting area just after 4 a.m. on March 26, city and VA officials said.
An estimated 20 to 22 veterans die of suicide each day, at an average age of 60. While it is unknown how many of those deaths occur at VA facilities, they include a 76-year-old who shot himself in a parking lot of a New York hospital in August 2016, a veteran of Afghanistan who hanged himself at age 32 in a Tennessee hospital in November 2016, a 63-year-old Navy veteran who shot himself in a car at a North Carolina hospital and a 35-year-old Marine who overdosed on fentanyl at a Massachusetts VA psychiatric facility.