Get veterans suicide prevention bill passed

At least 20 veterans commit suicide each day. This is at least 18 percent of all suicides in the United States, keeping in mind that veterans only account for 8.5 percent of the population.

When veteran’s mental health issues are not addressed, many social problems can ensue including but not limited to substance abuse, gambling addictions, and major depression. It has been found that many veterans have an increased risk of suicide due to these (and many other) mental health issues, as well as lack of services available (or lack of access to services).

Veteran suicide has an impact on not only the individual’s family but the economy as well. These impacts include medical costs for individuals and families, lost income for families, and lost productivity for employers. According to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, the average cost of one suicide is $1,329,553.

Michigan House Bill 4217 would create a veteran suicide prevention task force in Michigan to investigate causes and prevention of suicide among returning Michigan veterans of the United States military as well as prepare and present a report of these findings.

Please contact Chair of the Committee on Military and Veteran Affairs, Rep. Jason Wentworth, at S-1286 House Office Building P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909 requesting this bill be reviewed and passed.

Phone: (517) 373-8962

Email:

JasonWentworth@house.mi.gov

Cailey Wilkinson

Alpena