Event to Stop Soldier Suicides at Armory Park on 9/18

September 17, 2014

1614351_1451067221794759_373556500_oThe non-profit group Healing Arizona Veterans (HAV) announced this week it will be sponsoring an event is to increase public awareness of the epidemic of 22 veterans a day that are committing suicide, with one active duty military member committing suicide every 18 hours. The event, Stop Soldier Suicides Awareness, will be held in Armory Park, Thursday, September 18.

A temporary suicide awareness structure will be constructed at Armory Park for the event, and is being duplicated in cities throughout America during similar awareness events. Since the start of this year, over 6,000 veterans have committed suicide. HAV is not only bringing attention to this national tragedy of soldier and veteran deaths, but also bringing awareness to a comprehensive healing program, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, that they believe is more effective than current available treatments at addressing some of the root causes of many suicides.

The main mission of HAV is to help returning veterans heal from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), and finally be able to “come home again.” Hundreds of thousands of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from the invisible wounds from exposure to blasts from improvised explosive devices and rocket-propelled grenades.

Some veterans have difficulty readjusting to life after their experiences in war. Sadly, a small percentage of them end up committing suicide. Thousands of veterans are also incarcerated monthly, and tens of thousands find themselves homeless. In most cases these veterans suffer from TBI and/or PTSD.

The Stop Soldier Suicide event will be at Armory Park on Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Charles Spillar at 520-398-7002 or visit the HAV Facebook page.