As an expenditure-only Political Action Committee (PAC), we identify leaders who will back legislation and public policies that support veterans.
We work to coordinate at the local, state and federal level to educate leaders about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or “shell shock” as it was once categorized as well as suicide prevention.
We are also committed advocating for change at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). We support legislation that will help reduce waiting times for service, speed up VA compensation claims, and expedite appointment scheduling so that veterans can receive help quickly, efficiently, and affordably. We believe that no veteran should die waiting for months for services.
Your support of our work ensures that the good work being done in our communities can continue and grow. It also helps us to create an infrastructure for veterans that is sadly lacking. By strengthening our countries support of veterans, we can institutionalize a system of care that demonstrates our respect and gratitude for our nation’s veterans.
22 veterans a day commit suicide in this country. That is simply unacceptable. Many people feel that the country’s leadership has turned its back on our veterans because the cost is “too high” to give them the proper assistance they need. That to is unacceptable. We believe that for people willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country, no cost is to high.
Many people do not realize the scope of the problem facing our veterans. Following is a broad strokes view of how widespread and wide-ranging the problems are for veterans. Together we can change this and demonstrate that this country is grateful for the service of veterans!
Veterans experience mental health disorders, substance use disorders, post-traumatic stress, and traumatic brain injury at disproportionate rates compared to their civilian counterparts. Eighteen to 22 American veterans commit suicide daily and young veterans aged 18–44 are most at risk. Health care professionals must be aware of patients’ military history and be able to recognize suicide-risk factors, regardless of age. Advancement in medical technology has allowed servicemen to survive their injuries but, for many, at the cost of a traumatic limb amputation and associated mental scarring. Health care professionals must be able to address physical safety concerns, as well as, emotional health of veterans. Approximately 49,933 American veterans are homeless and face the same difficulties as non-veterans in addition to service-related matters. Separation from military service and issues related to complex multiple deployments are among specifically identified veteran issues. Successful veteran reintegration into civilian life rests upon providing veterans with training that builds on their military knowledge and skill, employment post-separation from service, homelessness prevention, and mental health programs that promote civilian transition.
Nearly 1 in 4 active duty members showed signs of a mental health condition, according to a 2014 study in JAMA Psychiatry. On this page we focus on questions that military personnel often ask, concerning treatment resources, disclosure and staying healthy during the transition to civilian life. If you are having thoughts of suicide, the Veterans Crisis Line is available 24/7 by dialing 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1.
In the United States, about 10% of homeless people are veterans. Among this group, three out of four experience mental and/or substance use disorders. About one fifth of veterans in substance use treatment were homeless.
A Veteran may have never looked for, applied for, or interviewed for a civilian job, especially if he or she had a career in the military. These are new skills he or she will have to learn and master.
In applying for a job, a Veteran will have to determine how to translate his or her military skills and duties into civilian terms and create a resume.
A Veteran may have never created a resume. Instead of a resume, the military uses a Field Service Record to detail qualifications, training, and experience.