Invisible Wounds: Preventing Suicide in Our Nation’s Military and Veteran Communities
On November 17, 2021, Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond spoke before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security
The hearing with Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, examines how the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and community organizations are working to strengthen mental health and curb the alarming rate of suicides among our nation’s military servicemembers and veterans. The hearing will demonstrate the need for a holistic approach to suicide prevention and will also highlight the importance of supporting military families after the loss of a loved one.
Despite high-level attention from DOD and the VA across multiple administrations, suicide deaths among post-9/11 servicemembers and veterans have outpaced combat deaths. On average, more than 6,300 veterans have died by suicide annually since 2001 and hundreds of active duty, National Guard, and Reserve servicemembers die by suicide each year, according to data collected by the VA and DOD.
This crisis has profound implications for U.S. national security, as well as the health, morale, and well-being of our nation’s Veterans, Service Members and their Families. Home Base is working to curb the tide of Veteran suicide through world-class clinical care provided at no-cost to the patient.