White House Publishes Plan to Reduce Veteran Suicide

Highlights two key principles for prevention effectiveness.

The White House reported in November 2021 that 65,000 veterans have died by suicide since 2010, more than the total number of U.S. combat deaths between Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan combined. The White House has announced a plan to actively collaborate with veteran suicide organizations to help address this crisis in two specific ways.

The first step will be to focus on activation as much as awareness. Many organizations already strive to provide awareness, but activation prepares individuals and the communities around them to identify key issues and address them as they occur. The second step is to provide tailored solutions for sub-populations whenever possible. Providing for racial or cultural variances and issues can mean the difference between life and death.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For officials in the White House as they seek to provide resources for their struggling veterans.
  • For the Department of Veterans Affairs in their work to support veterans’ mental health.
  • That the veteran organizations across the country would channel resources from the White House in effective ways.

Sources: The Hill, The White House


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