Veteran Suicide Prevention
The number of military suicides PER DAY has been estimated at 22 (one every 65 minutes). In the United States, an average of 123 people commit suicide each day. That means that 16% of all suicides in the United States are committed by military veterans. The significance of that data is that only 7% of the American population are veterans. The statistics bear out that veterans commit suicide at a rate of more than twice that of the rest of the population. By age group, 31% of suicides are committed by veterans aged 49 and under, while 69% were aged 50 and older. The problem is not related to a single conflict or generation.
Suicide prevention is proactive. Potential cases must be identified and treated before a casualty occurs. It requires a robust and pervasive educational process for both the care providers and the prospective victims. There are many Department of Defense (DOD), Veterans Affairs (VA) and Veteran Services Organization (VSO) sources of support for this cause.
Military Benefit Foundation will act as a facilitator, working within the community to provide additional resources when other support channels are closed or insufficient.
Assistance for Families of Veteran Suicide
Families whose military member served but did not retire from the military receive limited after-service benefits. Veteran Services Organizations (VSO) have established support to meet a variety of the needs for our Veterans who did not retire and are ineligible for traditional government support.
Military Benefit Foundation works with those VSO’s to provide financial and in-kind assistance to families of military veterans who have committed suicide. In the case of veterans who served, but did not retire, too often the Veteran’s family is left without a family income, no savings, little-to-no health care and will struggle to maintain life’s necessities with the passing of the Veteran.
• Counseling for family members
• Burial costs if no insurance is available
• Future health care costs
• Housing and subsistence
• Educational costs for children
• Stipend to support immediately after the suicide event
Veteran Employment Assistance
Our country is experiencing a disturbing phenomenon in how our military veterans are adapting to the business of living in today’s world. Whether a career veteran of 20 to 40 years’ service, or a combat veteran separated after discharge, the problems are strikingly similar.
In the first case, our veteran searches to find employment based on his military career experience. Those skills may or may not be transferable to a ready civilian job. If jobs are available, they are often menial compared to the levels of management reached prior to military retirement.
Our young veteran who is returning from a combat environment often misses the highly charged routine experienced during the deployment. Life at home with the family is exhilarating for a while but might eventually become mundane or tedious. Finding employment incorporating military skills is challenging. The sense of belonging to a team, crucial in combat, leaves our veteran feeling alone and without the support of others “having his/her back.”
In both scenarios, our veterans may feel extreme pressure due to the loss of their status, sense of belonging, inadequacy in a strange environment and loss of their team support. Left to develop, these feelings can permeate to the family and beyond if not checked and treated in time.
Military Benefit Foundation works to stabilize the veteran and family by identifying those affected and working with them to:
• Identify a vocation or field the veteran is interested in pursuing
• Sponsor the training required for the veteran to earn the certifications required for placement
• Place the veteran in full-time employment with an organization that will support and encourage family stabilization”