Prevent Veteran Suicide
MIAMI-DADE – On Nov. 16, 2021, the Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution to adopt the Florida Legislature’s Senate Memorial 302 and House Memorial 63 or similar legislation, urging the United States Congress to recognize the epidemic of suicide among veterans; fully fund suicide prevention efforts by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs; and urging the United States Congress to fully fund the United States Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention efforts.
A report released in June 2020 by the United States Census Bureau advised that as of 2018 there are approximately 18 million veterans in the United States Armed Forces, which represents the men and women who served the United States in peacetime and during military engagement ranging from before WWII through the post 9/11 period. The report published in September 2021 by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs reveals that veterans are at a higher risk of suicide as compared to their non-veteran peers.
“Veteran suicides are a crisis in this country, and we need to wisely urge the United States Congress to fund these suicide prevention programs in an effort to stop the trend going upward,” said Commissioner Martinez. “We have to step up and take care of those who have placed their lives in danger to defend and protect our Country.”