Stop Veteran Suicide
If you are a veteran in need and are having thoughts of suicide, STOP! Focus on living.
Things can, and will change for the better. You have other vets that have been there and done that.
That's why and how Operation Zero started. It's Vets helping Vets. So put first things first and Call to talk now!
Dial 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 For Confidential chat visit VeteransCrisisLine.net or text to 838255
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The Silent Reality
There are a lot of resources available for veterans. The challenge is, veterans experiencing PTSD, TBI or anything else from their time in service that may be affecting their thought process, unfortunately, makes it very unlikely that they will seek help or advice.
They feel out of place and uncomfortable in the transition from military to civilian life. They can also have feelings of shame or embarrassment that they may need help.
Some Useful Insight and Advice
One of the best things a veteran can do is surround themselves with other veterans who have been where they are and have learned to manage their unique challenges and even move past them. We as veterans have a deep understanding of each others experiences and "speak the same language". So we recommend to start by getting involved with a local veteran organization such as The American Legion and the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars).
Yes the VA has programs to help as well but dealing with the bureaucracy and red tape can turn a veteran in need into a tailspin. Organizations like the VFW and American Legion are social clubs that the veteran will immediately be accepted and able to engage in conversations and experiences with other veterans. Most of the membership has experience helping newcomers getting registered with the VA and other resources available. These organizations are a great place for any veteran to start.
"One of the easiest and most effective factors for those at risk, is simply reaching out. When you take the time to reach out to your loved ones, that’s a step in a positive direction." Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen and the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO)