Our Nation is facing an epidemic situation of grand proportions with the level of suicides happening in our Veteran population. While our Veterans may be facing challenges as a result of their combat experience they are also experiencing issues caused from the lack of proper support and resources to get back to a new normal. Many of our Veterans experience the following:
- Falling through the cracks
- No obvious support avenues
There are various reports and statistics that report varying numbers of suicides per day (1 to 22) but what is alarming is that any number is happening to those that have selflessly defended our Nations freedom. When you look at the short representative list above you have to know and believe that this can be addressed.
Why are there more studies and discussions on the exact demographics and numbers of suicides for Veterans than actual action being taken to prevent suicides amongst our Veterans? I would contend there needs to be a surge in education on how to prevent suicide from happening not matter what is leading our Veteran to that place in their life. I would also contend that 1 is too large of a number...let’s stop bantering and writing about what the “real” number is and trying to determine if the rate is higher or lower with those who experienced combat or not..STOP...STOP...STOP. Time to refocus our efforts and energy!
Our Veterans need an Advocate, they need many advocates. It is very important that there voice is loud and heard by all. We need to be that voice in our own ways to ensure they know they are supported, they are not alone, and there are programs for support that are run by people who care. The Veteran community is one of the strongest in the world, they have just been exposed to unusual circumstances that as a human you cannot prepare for.
As a Nation we need to educate everyone on how they can play a role in supporting our Veterans on a daily basis. To just be disturbed or sad about the alarming statistics is not doing anyone any good. No Veteran wants sympathy or someone to patronize them. They want normalcy, respect and to live a fulfilling life like everyone else.
Landmark Life Coaching has made it our mission to partner with as many organizations and non-profits as possible to reach a larger number of Veterans that can benefit from Coaching. Coaching provides support unlike any other by establishing an avenue for Veterans to receive one on one focused support for as long as they need it.
Do you hear me....Do you see me....Does what I say matter...The answer to this for our Veterans has to be an emphatic YES.
Landmark Life Coaching’s Mission is to honorably and respectfully serve courageous groundbreakers and transitioning veterans to persevere in defining and executing their future by providing an atmosphere of comradery and trust that honors their dedication and commitment. This will empower our clients to feel whole, honored, respected and fulfilled in defining and living their life purpose.