Speak Out Editorial- 11/13/14

Tuesday, we proudly honored our veterans with parades and special ceremonies.

Every year we set aside time to pay tribute to the brave men and women who put their lives on the line in defense of our nation, but we owe our veterans more than just a one day salute on the national holiday.

It's a year ‘round responsibility for all of us. As a news organization, our responsibility is to shed light whenever we can on issues faced by our active and retired military.

Did you know that every day 22 veterans commit suicide? According to the Washington Post, as of July of this year, 1,900 military veterans have committed suicide. To put this into perspective, 2,300 active-duty military died in the war in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014.

This problem could very well get worse given the limited medical staff the military has available to help at risk service members. Under stress and without sufficient support can be a lethal combination for at risk service members. While we thank the veterans for their service, let's remember not to forget them during their time of need, when they are most vulnerable.

If you are a veteran, or know one, who is struggling and is need of counseling, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1.800.273.8255.

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