Survey: Nearly 1 in 3 post-9/11 veterans consider suicide

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

SHERMAN, TX -- Some grim statistics have been released, regarding post-9/11 veterans and suicide.

Nearly one in three post- 9/11 veterans -- or 30 percent -- has considered suicide. That is according to a new survey conducted by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Forty-five percent of those veterans surveyed know a veteran who has thought about taking his or her own life, and 37 percent know a veteran who has in fact committed suicide.

Sherman's Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter member, Bob Hillerby, says he fears these numbers underestimate the problem, and that there are actually even more soldiers thinking of suicide.

Due to the increasing number of suicides, the Sherman chapter has started a PTSD peer group that mentors soldiers who are dealing with the illness.

"Personally, if I can prevent one person from taking their own life, then it's been a worthwhile effort," Hillerby said. "If they show any symptoms of depression, lack of initiative, maybe they're starting to drink more than they did, they need to encourage that individual to get some help because help is available."

If you'd like more information about PTSD and the local peer group contact Bob Hillerby at 903-421-3941 or Combat_Photo@yahoo.com and bobhillerby@verizon.net.


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