Corvallis, Oregon Mayor Biff Traber proclaims March “Veterans Suicide Awareness Month.”
Recognizing the role that two centuries of US militarism have played in creating generation after generation of veterans who fall victim to suicide, Veterans For Peace wants to raise awareness of this underlying cause of over twenty veteran suicides committed every single day in the United States.
We understand suicide is the last remaining means of coping with the violence, horrors, and guilt many veterans internalize while “serving their country.”
The proclamation stated, in part:
“the pervasive culture of militarism in the United States and the ensuing effects on veterans and their families can be partly mitigated through early peace education, nonviolence training, and shifting scarce resources from making war to providing healing and reconciliation programs for the community of veterans; ….”
Mayor Traber read and presented the proclamation to VFP 132 members, Joel Inman and Denis White, at the March 4, 2019 meeting of the Corvallis City Council. Several VFP 132 members along with other veterans and supporters attended the meeting.
Former US Navy member Joel Inman commented while receiving the proclamation, “the danger of battle has not passed when vets return home.”
The original proclamation was originally offered by Eli Smith who has traveled the country, most as a pilgrimage on foot, to heighten awareness about this issue. City counselor Bill Glassmire, also a member of VFP 132, brought the proclamation draft to our attention and helped it reach the mayor’s desk.
If you or a family member is struggling to cope with depression, PTSD, or other precursors to suicide, please get help immediately from your local medical facilities or by calling the suicide prevention hotline, 1-800-273-8255, or by visiting https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ for more information.
For more recent news about how the “Defense” Department is trying to cope with this epidemic, see also, https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2019/03/05/the-new-plan-to-prevent-veteran-suicides-new-grants-better-research-more-community-focus/