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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: September 21, 2020 01:23 PM
From: Representative Ryan A. Bizzarro
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Designating November 22, 2020, as “Veterans Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania.
On average, 22 veterans commit suicide each day. Since we have all benefitted from the sacrifice these brave citizens made to keep us safe at home, I believe we owe them a duty to be more vigilant and aware of the signs that can lead to a veteran committing suicide. Signs that a veteran may be expressing suicidal thoughts include:
  • Hopelessness, feeling like there is no way out.
  • Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings.
  • Feeling like there is no reason to live.
  • Rage or anger.
  • Engaging in risky activities.
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use.
  • Withdrawing from family and friends.
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 bring attention to this issue, I will be introducing a resolution designating November 22, 2020, as “Veterans Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania. The date reflects the number of these 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 brave individuals know that they need not suffer alone. Please join me in bringing attention to the need to help serve those who served our country.

Introduced as HR1024