22 veterans commit suicide in the US every day
veterans commit suicide
every day in the US.
This week, the US Senate passed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, a bill named in honor of former marine Clay Hunt, who killed himself in 2011 after serving as a sniper in Afghanistan and Iraq. Hunt's story is a common one: a staggering 22 veterans kill themselves in America every day.
"Culture plays a big role when it comes to not necessarily who gets distressed, but what people do in response to that," Christine Moutier, the chief medical officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, told Time. "The culture in the military and, certainly with veterans, is a very stoic one traditionally."
The new bill is an attempt to lower those numbers. It will create an outreach program for soldiers returned from combat to assess their mental health and provide incentives to psychiatric doctors who work with veterans.