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Operation 'Capitol Storm': Citizens Call for Mental Health Care for Veterans

Daily, 22 veterans take their own lives.

Hundreds of flags lined the Mall in Washington, D.C., each one representing a veteran who committed suicide. (Screenshot from YouTube video by Woody Wilder)
Hundreds of flags lined the Mall in Washington, D.C., each one representing a veteran who committed suicide. (Screenshot from YouTube video by Woody Wilder)
By Woody Wilder, CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE

This year alone, almost 2,000 U.S veterans have taken their own lives.

That's why vets from all across the country were in Washington this week supporting legislation that would combat veteran suicide. See the video here.

If you are a veteran—or know a veteran who needs help—you can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 or visit VeteransCrisisLine.net.
Dennis Gilpin March 28, 2014 at 09:43 PM
While serving in the army, during the Vietnam war, I came across many soldiers who were a psychological mess dealing with the stress of combat .I was stationed in Germany but after some soldiers finished their tour in Vietnam they finished their three year obligation in Germany. There was a guy whose job was to go in the tunnels looking for enemy soldiers. He was always on edge and the only way we could wake him up " safely" was kick the end of his cot and talk to him. To touch him ( while sleeping ) would be very dangerous. Some of our soldiers can't shake the stress of combat.
PH March 29, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Our veterans are treated shamefully. This subject should be a non issue. Veterans deserve mental health treatment along with physical health treatment. The disparity between mental and physical health affects every single person in the States, but most especially our veterans. PTSD in horrifyingly real. Isn't the brain an organ? Isn't that organ attached to our bodies? Isn't it an organ that gets sick just like any other organ? I see homeless, mentally ill people, including veterans, on the streets almost daily. Instead of receiving treatment and help, these people become invisible. Many are on the street due to all the closures of state institutions, most of which were NOT anything like the snake pits they once were. At least in a state hospital, the patients had a roof over their heads, food, medications and therapy, heat, recreational opportunities and more. When all of these people were evicted, there was no back up plan in place and there still isn't. Shameful indeed and should be made illegal to treat the mentally ill so callously.
Alan Burdette Jr. April 07, 2014 at 08:15 PM
Give our VETS anything they need. All gave some, some gave all! They answered our call to duty! Answer their call for HELP!!!

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