As a Veteran myself, born on a military base, raised in the military, my grandfather and father served in the military (U.S. Army) and are both Veteran’s. My father and grandfather served in the Military to defend our Country, at a time when they could not even vote.
I served in the U.S. Military (Army) six years and I too am a proud Veteran.
After being provided the source document article regarding Veteran’s Suicide Hot Line, as long as I am breathing I will not sit on sideline of this major crisis needing immediate intervention to help prevent future suicide of Veteran’s.
Excuse my language, what a dam shame when a Veteran who is having a mental health crisis calls a Veteran Hot Line, only to get a voice mail, this is totally not acceptable treatment to our Veteran’s.
As such, within the High Desert, (Senate District 21 – Palmdale, Lancaster, Victorville, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Santa Clarita) just to name a few cities, I am challenging all churches, within these cities and more, please step up to the plate and setup a “Save a Veteran Hot Line,” because you are dealing with many soldiers that have different types of issues than civilians.
Churches throughout our State and Country, please help bring societal change, save the life of a Veteran, within your community. Setup your communities “SaveaVeteran Hotline.”
Kudo’s to the Federal Veteran’s Inspector General (IG) for investigating Veteran Suicide Hot Lines.
Thank you IG for providing honest services and bringing a public awareness and education to this crisis of how Veteran’s are being treated once again.
My question is, why in the hell when a Veteran is having suicidal thoughts, calls a Suicide Hot Line, would ever get a voice mail and then not have his or her call returned, shame on America.
Shame on you VA-run Crisis Line Contractors, you should have your contracts pulled!
I will close with saying, that I am speaking out to my fellow Veteran Sisters and Brothers, when you have suicidal thoughts, I beg and plead with you, please reach out to a church (clergy).
If you don’t want to reach out to church or (clergy), please reach out and call a friend or relative, because someone within your circle of family or friends really does care about you!
Remember, your mental judgment maybe clouded right now, because of what you have gone through. Maybe you are a Veteran who has just returned back to America, from being on a tour in another country defending our Freedoms.
You may even be homeless and have had nothing to eat, which is another reason why your mind is clouded. Some of you may be even self-medicating and feeling helpless and hopeless.
However, no matter what your reason of having a suicidal thought(s), reach out to a church (clergy) family or friends, during your tough times of a mental stress crisis.
As your future California State Senator and fellow Veteran, I can assure you that many “True American’s” including myself want to help you find a reason to keep living. Remember you’re not alone. 🌷
Additionally remember, “True American’s” who are taxpaying Citizens, demand, that the Veterans Administration (VA), including their contractors Reform the VA, to treat Veteran’s and disabled Veteran’s with respect and dignity to our Men and Women in Uniform.
My message to you Veterans Administration, time to conduct statewide community outreach with churches willing to set up suicide prevention Veteran Hot Lines, that don’t go into voice mail!
One life lost of a Veteran, is one life too many!