CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON SUICIDE PREVENTION INITIATIVES FOR VETERANS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’s initiatives to prevent veteran and servicementer suicides.
“As we mark the beginning of Suicide Prevention Month, let us all take the opportunity to educate our friends and communities about the very tragic facts of Veteran suicide and the role we can play to prevent it. In 2014, 20 Veterans died by suicide every day. The good news is that each of us can make a critical difference in the life of a Veteran or Service member with a simple act of kindness—calling an old friend, talking to a neighbor, or exploring the resources available through the VA. We can and must do better to protect those who have protected us in uniform. Today and every day, let us do our part to spread the word and #BeThere for our Veterans and Service members.”
“If you know someone in need of assistance, call the VA’s Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1; chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat or text to 838255 — even if a Veteran is not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.”