Twenty veterans a day die by suicide in the United States, 14 of them are not receiving the help they deserve.
March of this year President Trump announced an initiative to address this problem by signing an executive order to create a task force for veteran suicide. This will be a Cabinet-level panel that will research ways to prevent veteran suicide as well as therapies that will be helpful in ending this suicide epidemic.
America has been in two decades of war and the effects of PTSD is now more apparent than ever before. Since 9/11 there have been over 2.7 million men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. About a fifth of them suffer from emotional issues, and they have difficulty adjusting to civilian life.
PTSD if not diagnosed or treated can destroy the lives of our veterans. They feel unsafe, agitated, irritated, can’t work, can’t sleep, can’t hold down jobs because they are destroyed by memories they cannot get over. Those with PTSD are at a higher risk than others for substance abuse, homelessness, incarceration and as proven, suicide.
Trump’s initiative is a big deal because private investors and big Pharma companies do not want to fund research for military-specific problems as they have been seen as unprofitable.