Mission 22 Fights Veteran Suicide with Massive Awareness Campaign
The number of soldiers who don't survive life as a civilian is a crisis of its own and a mission is underway that's working to change that
At the height of Operation: Enduring Freedom, U.S. forces lost 904 soldiers in combat fatalities in 2007. The highest number of casualties in Afghanistan in a single year was 499, in 2010.
Every day, 22 american combat veterans commit suicide as a result of untreated or improperly treated Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries. That's 8,000 a year…more casualties annually than our armed services have seen on the battlefield since Korean war.
Elder Heart has already worked to support veterans both directly and encouraging government programs to get them the help they deserve, but recognized a problem in lack of awareness in the general public. They partnered with publicity firm CP+B to form “Mission 22” a program of awareness launched on October 22 to bring mindfulness of the challenges facing returning veterans every day.