March 12, 2019

GUILLEN WORKS TO PREVENT VETERAN SUICIDE

By Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen

Home to more than 1.5 million, Texas faces a devastating loss of nearly 500 veterans each year to suicide.

Research has shown that an estimated 20 veterans take their own lives every single day throughout the United States. Of that number, 14 are not registered with the Department of Veteran Affairs and therefore lack access to healthcare and counseling. These startling statistics are largely thought to be a result of insufficient information readily available to those who are struggling with their mental health and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

However, resources do in-fact exist and can be easily accessed with the right information. The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential source of support that is available to anyone, whether or not they are registered with the VA.

In an effort to better connect our veterans with the help they need, I have recently filed legislation that would require all state agencies to share the contact information for this invaluable resource through their respective mediums.