If you are a veteran and are thinking about taking your own life, contact the Lifeline for Vets at 888-777-4443 and speak to another vet who can help.
Other Hotlines working to Prevent Veteran Suicides
VA Suicide Hotline – 1-800-273-8255
National Suicide Hotline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Stop Soldier Suicide – 1-800-273-8255 #1
There are 22 Veteran Suicides Every Day
And that’s just the official number. We think the number is more likely 24-25 Veterans a day. That is over 9,000 former service members each year we are losing to Veteran suicides.
These men and women volunteered and fought for our freedom. They are not getting the services they need after returning home from war. We can and should do better by them.
The NVF has a solution to the Veteran suicides problem, a Vet-to-Vet crisis hotline, the Lifeline for Vets, in operation since 1985, staffed by trained fellow Veterans.
The National Veterans Foundation’s “Stop 22” campaign is spearheaded by NVF Board Director Frank Spady.
Frank Spady is a decorated Vietnam combat Veteran, former Airborne Ranger, and Nevada businessman. Since becoming aware of the Veteran suicide epidemic, Frank has put his business interests on hold, so he can devote all his energy to stopping the 22 Veteran suicides a day .
The Lifeline for Vets was created and is led by Shad Meshad, one of America’s foremost Veteran counselors and advocates, a Vietnam Veteran who developed PTSD treatment the VA’s Vet Center program.
There are other Veteran hotlines out there, but this is the only one where a Vet can talk to another Vet, one who has been there and understands. This Vet-to-Vet model is dramatically more effective than other programs in helping Veterans in crisis get the right counseling and get them back on the path to a successful reintegration back to civilian life.
Currently, the Lifeline is only funded to operate 40 hours a week, and takes about 10,000 calls a year.
For every suicidal Veteran out there, there are 5-10 Veterans who are at risk. These Vets may be suffering from PTSD or Traumatic Brain injury. They may be unemployed or suffering from other problems. They are often dealing with multiple issues that put them at risk for becoming suicidal.
The Lifeline for Vets needs to expand its operations to 24/7, so it can help the 50,000 or more at-risk Veterans in America who need our help. And that number is just going to continue to grow as more troops return home from war.
The National Veterans Foundation needs to raise a significant amount of money in the near future to bring the Lifeline for Vets to 24/7 operations. We are asking for your help. Please make a donation today to “Stop 22”.
Your donation can make a difference in the war against Veterans suicide.