God bless our service men and women…

They either have, do or will put their lives on the line in order to defend democracy and protect our freedoms, as well as those of others from around the world.

All have sacrificed…

Some sacrificed more — some have sacrificed all — but all have sacrificed something in order for Americans to have the luxury to lay their heads down at night on their pillow and enjoy a peaceful sleep.

We, as a nation, should do more for our service men and women.

And now, we’re not just talking about what the federal government does for our veterans…

When I say “we” — I mean we, as in American society.

Most people don’t give veterans a second thought…

The majority of the population goes about their daily business without once ever thinking about why they get to do that business in relative peace and safety.

A lot of us take that peace and safety for granted.

However, when those veterans come home, while they get to enjoy that same safety…

Not many get to experience peace.

As the old saying goes, war is hell…

And for our men and women — who have had to trudge into that hell for the betterment of world — it’s a place where they lose something of themselves in.

Many of our veterans come back less than what they were — less than whole…

And many don’t know how to deal with life back in the “real” world.

Unfortunately, many of these veterans choose the most permanent of solutions to this problem, instead of seeking help — or waiting to be recognized of being in trouble and needing help.

Every day, we lose 22 veterans to suicide…

Twenty-two.

And as we close down operations in the Middle Eastern countries that we’ve been fighting in for almost 20 years — that number could jump significantly in the coming years.

Which is the main reason why our president, Donald Trump, just used an executive order to create a task force to combat veteran suicide.

It’s called the “PREVENTS Initiative,” an anagram for President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and the National Tragedy of Suicide…

And the order includes resources for and from secretaries of Veterans Affairs, Defense, Health and Human Services and Homeland Security.

The task force will be responsible for “working with public and private sectors to better understand the underlying factors of suicide and plan methods for addressing it at state and local levels.”

The White House plans provide funding in the form of grants to state and local governments in order to support the initiative.

Here’s some of what the executive order entails, taken straight from www.whitehouse.gov…

• The task force will develop a comprehensive public health roadmap for helping veterans pursue an improved quality of life and ending the national tragedy of veteran suicide.

• The roadmap will include a national research strategy for engaging with public and private sector stakeholders to better understand the underlying factors of suicide, and to lead to earlier identification and intervention.

• The roadmap will also include a proposal for equipping state and local governments, with the resources and tools they need to empower veteran communities and provide needed services.

• To prevent suicide, the Federal Government must work side-by-side with partners across all levels of government and with the private and nonprofit sectors.

• The administration’s roadmap will help create a national and local ecosystem that cultivates active engagement with each veteran, rather than a passive system wherein the onus for engagement is placed on veterans.

All things our veterans will need going forward…

After signing, the president said, “To every veteran, I want you to know that you have an entire nation of more than 300 million people behind you. You will never be forgotten. We are with you all the way.”

This is an incredible development in trying to reduce that number of 22…

And one way we, as American citizens can help the president in his fight to stop veteran suicide would be to help support Mission 22.

What is Mission 22?

It’s a nonprofit organization that’s trying to fight the ever-rising veteran suicide rate.

This publically-funded charity is trying to bring that 22 number down to 0.

How?

Well, they use a three-pronged attack of treatment programs (both for PTS and TBI issues), memorials and national awareness

Mission 22 also organizes events to go along with the memorial builds, to help with social awareness for the suicide epidemic that is afflicting many of our service men and women.

This is what our veterans need…

Thanking a veteran for their service is great — and everybody should do so — but really, we should all be looking to do a little bit more.

It doesn’t take much…

You can make a donation or volunteer for a Mission 22 or any other veteran organization out there.

Consider getting involved…

What these veterans need more than anything is community – a community to belong to and a community that accepts them and recognizes what they’ve done for us.

Let’s do our part to get that number down…

Let’s show our men and women of uniform that America cares.

 

“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” – Douglas MacArthur