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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: November 4, 2019 04:17 PM
From: Representative Ryan A. Bizzarro
To: All House members
Subject: Veterans Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day
On average, 22 veterans commit suicide each day. As citizens who have benefitted from the sacrifice these brave people make to keep us safe at home, we owe them a duty to be more vigilant and aware of the signs that can lead to a veteran committing suicide. Talk of hurting oneself and self-destructive behavior can be signs that an individual needs help. Our veterans deserve better than to suffer in silence, yet nearly two-thirds of those who commit suicide did not receive help for one reason or another.

To help bring attention to this issue, I will be introducing a resolution designating November 22, 2019, as “Veterans Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania. The date is a further reminder of the number of heroes we lose daily to suicide. This resolution serves as a reminder for all of us to be more aware of the suffering of veterans and to let these heroic individuals know that they need not suffer alone.

Please join me in supporting this resolution and taking one small step in helping to serve those who have served our country.

Introduced as HR608