I WILL ALWAYS PLACE THE MISSION
I WILL NEVER ACCEPT DEFEAT
I WILL NEVER QUIT
I WILL NEVER LEAVE A FALLEN
- Over 325,000 combat veterans with untreated addictive illnesses. Divorce rates among our combat veterans has increased 41%.
- There are over 500,000 veterans walking around among us with untreated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Suicidal ideation, gestures, attempts, and successes are not uncommon among those suffering from PTSD. 65% of those veterans are also suffering from an untreated addictive illness! Veterans with untreated PTSD are also susceptible to physical maladies such as Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, abnormalities in thyroid and other hormone functions, etc.
- On any given night, we have approximately 50,000 new generation veterans sleeping on our streets. What drives homelessness? Primarily PTSD, other mental health concerns, and unemployment. Aforementioned reasons for homelessness are symbiotic!
- Since Iraq and Afghanistan wars produced combat injuries in staggering numbers, there has been an overwhelming increase in opiate medication use by our veterans. They are as follows: Hydrocodone (generic Oxycodone) use increased by 578%, Methadone use increased by 281%, Morphine use increased by 240%, and Oxycodone increased by 65%.
- Anywhere between 10-20% of our returning veterans experienced a traumatic brain injury. These injuries range from concurrent concussions to open brain wounds due to shrapnel or other munitions. Suicidal ideation, gestures, attempts, and successes are not uncommon to those who suffered a TBI.
- We are losing over 40 veterans every day to suicide. One every 12 minutes. Only 21 states in our country report veteran suicides. It should be noted...Texas and California...our two largest states where a very high number of veterans reside DO NOT report veteran suicides.
- 69% of veterans committing suicide are over the age of 50.
- From 2001-2013, we have lost well over 210,000 veterans to suicide.
- Veterans make up approximately 8% of the general population. Veterans comprise 30% of all national suicides compared to 14% non-veteran suicides.
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