Rarely a week passes that I don’t receive a call or an e-mail from a constituent looking for contact information on a wide range of issues, including the critically important hotline to help prevent suicide among our veterans.
This past spring, we heard the alarming report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that 22 U.S. veterans take their lives each day. Recently, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) – the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization serving veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan - surveyed its members and found 45% of the 4,000 respondents know an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who has attempted suicide. We also know that 20% of those veterans are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It’s tragic so many of our veterans are struggling daily with mental health challenges. Fortunately, there is a resource that is readily available.
The Veterans Crisis Hotline is free and can provide immediate help to veterans, their family members, friends and co-workers. If you suspect a veteran might be in need of help, I urge you to call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (press 1); send a text to 838255; or use the confidential online chat is at www.veteranscrisisline.net.
My number in Frankfort is 1-800-372-7181, and my home is 270-692-6945. I will continue to keep you updated on what’s happening in Frankfort.