Veterans Day is a time to honor the sacrifice and service of our brave men and women, but as the day draws near, a disturbing trend is on my mind.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, every day an average of 22 veterans take their own lives. That includes the day we choose to honor them: Veterans Day. I find this heartbreaking.
So much time and attention goes into recruiting American men and women to serve in our armed forces. But do they receive the same time and attention when they are done serving and return to civilian life? Judging by these numbers, they do not. So what can we do?
Call your elected officials and ask them to start new legislation aimed at providing our service men and women the help they need mentally, spiritually, and physically. Ask them to support legislation that gives well-deserving veterans well-paying jobs. And take a moment and remember that our freedoms come from their sacrifice.
Helping and appreciating our veterans will make this A Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager