President Seeks Prevention of Veterans’ Suicides

He offers a “road map” with ten recommendations.

On Wednesday, President Trump laid out a “road map” for preventing suicide among American veterans.

His plan calls for ten recommendations, including a national public health messaging campaign around suicide, changes to how research on veteran suicide is conducted, and suicide prevention training across professions.

The Department of Veterans Affairs says that veterans have a suicide rate that is 1.5 times higher than nonveteran adults. The U.S. has seen an increase of more than 30 percent in suicide rates over the past 26 years.

The 60 page plan was mandated by an executive order the president signed into law in March 2019 that set up a task force to develop strategies to lower veteran suicide and improve research while making legislative proposals to Congress calling for additional resources needed to combat veteran suicide. The task force will continue working on the issue.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For President Trump and his goal toward more public awareness of the issues facing American veterans.
  • For the Department of Veterans Affairs personnel who deal with veterans with suicidal ideations.
  • For the task force and the additional work they plan to carry out in an effort to reduce suicides by American veterans.

Sources:  The Hill, New York Times


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