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Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

This week, we celebrated Veterans Day. MHAPA is grateful for everything men and women in the armed forces do for us, all too often at the expense of themselves and their families. But our gratitude is not enough. This country is not where it needs to be when it comes to supporting troops after deployment.

A 2014 Veterans Health Administration report showed that the suicide rate among veterans and military service members exceeds the national general population average. For many complex reasons, veterans are not getting the help they need, when they need it.   

While it’s wonderful to thank veterans for their service, let’s also put our gratitude toward educating ourselves, friends, family, and coworkers about what veterans face when they come home and what types of supports and services they need. Make the Connection and SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), both of which work to help effectively connect veterans to mental health services, are good places to start.

Then take it a step further by reaching out to your elected officials to tell them you support policies and programs that improve life for veterans, because you are thankful for everything veterans have done to serve our country.  

Sue Walther
Executive Director

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