|Posted:||August 25, 2015 09:58 AM|
|From:||Representative Peter Schweyer|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Military Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month|
|In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution declaring September as “Military Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month” in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
My resolution focuses attention on the crisis currently engulfing veterans returning from recent deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. A Department of Veterans Affairs study found that about 8,000 veterans killed themselves in 2010, an average of 22 veterans per day. That particular suicide rate is about 50% higher than the rate among other civilians with similar demographic characteristics.
In 2012, the Austin Texas newspaper, The American-Statesman, investigated the deaths of 266 Texans who served during the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. The newspaper study showed that 45 committed suicide, making it the fourth-leading cause of death behind illness, accidents and drug-related death. Suicide accounted for 3.6 percent of all Texas deaths over the same period, compared with 16.9 percent of the veterans the newspaper studied.
This recognition will join other outreach efforts regarding suicide prevention and awareness, alongside World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10th) and World Suicide Prevention Week (September 8th through September 14th).
I appreciate your consideration of a co-sponsorship.
Introduced as HR463