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Celebrities, Veterans and suicide

Posted by Thomas Gordon on August 13, 2014

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TV, radio and water cooler chatter is non stop talk about the suicide of Robin Williams.

Anytime someone takes their own life, heartbroken onlookers often ask a simple question.

Why?

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States accounting for roughly 40,000 lives lost every year.

But while we all take to Facebook and Twitter to remember Robin Williams, we should never forget our Veterans.

Roughly 22 Veterans take their own lives every day. Studies show that of those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, nearly half know someone who has attempted suicide.

If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to, the National Suicide Prevention number is 1-800-273-8255.

One Response to “Celebrities, Veterans and suicide”

  1. Importantly, Thomas, veterans can also turn to the County Veterans Service Office and any American Legion Post where other veterans will sit down and listen. Often, the horrors of war can overwhelmma person. Having someone to talk to, who is a party to that same horror and was able to overcome, is what is needed to startndown the road of healing. The VA Hospital in Long Beach is another great resource. Thanks for posting this.

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