Greetings, and welcome to Branch 86 Veterans Readers Corner.
My name is Paul Norton. Today I’d briefly like to touch upon something that has affected my life personally. We, as employees, may lose someone in our life that is a Veteran do to suicide. Did you know that Veterans have a 50 percent higher rate of suicide compared to someone who didn’t serve in the military?
Back in 2012 there were reports that, 22 Veterans a day were committing suicide. Over the past 22 years that I have been out of the service, I have lost 10 of my fellow Marines.
Mind you they were Male and Female. Some of my fellow Marines went under the radar and never got any help. Please keep your ears and eyes open for these Veterans and their families that are in our lives.
Help is available to them by calling the Veteran Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255. There are many other services available and counseling services available to our Veterans. They can start off by calling 1-800-827-1000.
Thank you all for your service to our country! SEMPER FI