On Memorial Day, we honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. And we can not forget their brothers and sisters in arms who have survived them. These survivors face increased threats to their lives from physical and mental ailments connected to their service.
In honor of our servicemen and women that have been lost to disease from exposure to burn pits in combat zones, Vermonters are working together to raise awareness about the Vermont burn pit registry and encouraging survivors to register and receive regular healthcare screening.
Veteran’s suicides rates are disproportionately higher then other Americans. Data on Vermont Veteran’s suicide rates
Important VA mental health resources include the Veterans and Military Crisis Line, 1-800-273-8255, Press 1
Veterans or those concerned about a Veteran in crisis may call or chat online at https://www.veteranscrisisline.net, or send a text message to 838255 to receive no cost, confidential support 24 hours a day seven days a week even if they are not registered at the VA or enrolled in healthcare. One call, one chat or one text can open the door to hope.
As we remember those lost in the support of American ideals, let us not forget those they have left behind and the ongoing threats to their lives that are connected to their service.
Please check in on your survivors.