Friday, November 7, 2008

Heal the Hidden Wounds of War

from Mental Health America:

They are wounds you can’t see. Thousands of our veterans return every day from Iraq and Afghanistan with psychological, invisible wounds that are just as real as physical injuries. They affect their daily lives and cause anxiety, pain, and suffering for veterans and their families.

These veterans must then wage another battle here at home to obtain proper treatment and care from the government and deal with the stigma and difficulties of mental heath problems. Nearly one in five combat veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), putting them at higher risk for suicide. The number of suicides among veterans of those wars may exceed the combat death toll because of inadequate mental health care. The Veterans Affairs Department estimates that 18 veterans commit suicide each day.

That’s a national tragedy. But we can help veterans triumph over these problems.

Give Our Veterans a Healthy Homecoming

Our vets deserve a healthy homecoming. This Veterans Day, we are reminded of the huge sacrifices made by our servicemen and women. Mental Health America is working every day to help rebuild lives and fulfill the duty we owe our veterans and their families.

  • We established Operation Healthy Reunions, a first-of-its-kind program that provides education and helps bust the stigma of mental health issues among soldiers, their families, and medical staff to ensure that a greater number of military families receive the prompt and high-quality care they deserve.

  • We’ve spoken out in the halls of Congress on the need to expand government services to our heroes, to bring care closer to where they live and deliver help to their families.

  • And we won passage of mental health parity legislation, which will help veterans of the National Guard and Reserves who later become employed in the private sector but won’t receive government health care for the rest of their lives.

Join Our Campaign

Now we need your help so we can continue our work. We’ve launched the Campaign for a Healthy Homecoming to ensure we have the resources to serve our veterans. Your contribution of $100, $50, or even $25 will help us win expanded care and greater awareness of the problems these brave men and women face.

Join us so we can give veterans a healthy homecoming. Please give today.