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September is Suicide Prevention Month - The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee
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The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee is proud to announce that it has renewed its membership in the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.  The NCHV is dedicated to ending homelessness among veterans by shaping public policy, promoting collaboration, and building the capacity of service providers.
 

Our Mission

The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee is committed to standing up for the nearly 22,000 veterans who have no home and who are suffering from a terminal illness.  The Committee's mission is to lobby Congress to do right by our heroes and fund the establishment of a national network of hospices dedicated to caring for our homeless and ailing heroes.

 

 

September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month. As such the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is getting the message out about the Veterans Crisis Line. This resource exists to provide veterans, their families, and their friends with a place to turn and a person to talk to in moments of crisis.

Every hour of the day, every day of the week, and every week of the year, trained and caring responders are waiting to talk to anyone who calls for support. Many of these responders are veterans themselves.

The phone number for this hotline is 1-800-273-8255, and then press 1. In addition to this traditional hotline, there is also an option to chat online (http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ChatTermsOfService.aspx), or via text message (text: 838255).

The Department of Veterans Affairs has estimated that an average of 22 veterans take their own lives every day. Every life saved is a victory.

And the crisis line can help. Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki recently described the successes of the veterans crisis line. He stated in a recent speech to the American Legion that since its inception, the crisis line has helped to stop 30,000 suicides-in-progress. This figure is staggering, but there are still far too many veterans who take their lives each day.

This September, help spread the word. Make sure the veterans around you know that there are people they can talk to.

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Thanks from the VA


Petzel"Thank you for your advocacy on behalf of America's homeless Veterans and continuing support of our mission."

--Robert A. Petzel, M.D.
Under Secretary for Health (2010-2014)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
 

 

 

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