This Memorial Day #GoSilent, IAVA urges

Julia LeDoux
May 20, 2020 - 8:20 am


#GoSilent on May 25.

For the ninth year in a row, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America will hold a moment of silence at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to honor those who gave their lives in service of the nation’s armed forces.

 You can join in and take the pledge here.

This year, the organization is also working to raise awareness about veteran suicide, IAVA said in a release. 

“Our country loses an astounding 20 veterans a day to suicide, nearly twice the average of their civilian counterparts," the release reads.

IAVA CEO Jeremy Butler called veteran suicide completely preventable.

“The pandemic has spiked overall mental health challenges, making COVID-19 a recipe for disaster for our veterans,” he said. 

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IAVA is also urging Congress to pass the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, which includes vital provisions to find and treat at-risk veterans, ensuring they have access to quality resources and care.

“Passage of this bill would mean more could be done for veterans in addressing mental health needs and preventing suicide,” Butler added.

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