Congresswoman Veronica Escobar Releases Veteran Suicide Prevention PSA
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, as part of Suicide Prevention Month, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) released a public service announcement (PSA) spreading awareness about the important topic of veteran suicide prevention and encouraging El Pasoans to Be There for veterans.
The PSA is available for download to interested television stations in El Paso here. Below is a transcript of the PSA:
“Hello, I’m Congresswoman Veronica Escobar.
“I wanted to take a few moments to talk to you about veteran suicide.
“There are more than 20 million veterans in the United States. El Paso has 50,000 veterans in our own community, and keeping them safe is one of my highest priorities.
“According to the most recent data, suicide rates are on the rise nationally and across the entire U.S. population.
“Suicide is a complex issue with no single cause.
“It is a national public health issue that affects people from all walks of life, not just veterans, and for a variety of reasons.
“But just as there is no single cause of suicide, no single organization alone can end veteran suicide.
“We all have a role to play in preventing suicide among service members and veterans in our community.
“Every El Pasoan, government, and organization should ask how they can help because, together, we can win this fight.
“To learn more about how you can Be There for veterans, I’m asking that you visit www.BeThereforVeterans.com.
“And remember, if you or a veteran you know is dealing with thoughts of suicide, please don’t hesitate, contact the El Paso VA, text the veteran crisis line at 838255 or call the national suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
“We know that treatment works, and that recovery is possible, so we’re working hard to find ways to encourage veterans to connect with the care they need and deserve.
“Thank you for joining us in our efforts to provide a lifeline to those in most need.”
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, the Veterans Crisis Line offers free, confidential support and crisis intervention, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, text to 838255, or chat online at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat.