September 06, 2013

Manchin Helps to Raise Awareness of Veterans' Mental Health Services

Washington, D.C. – With military suicide rates at record highs, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) urges West Virginians and Americans nationwide to support veterans in crisis and spread the word about VA mental health services during Suicide Prevention Month this September.
“The men and women who have bravely served the best country in the world are our heroes — plain and simple. We must never forget their patriotism, their courage and their sacrifices. They’ve risked their lives so that we can continue to enjoy our freedoms every day. That is why even one military suicide is too many, and there is nothing more concerning than knowing that some of our veterans come home and find themselves in psychological trauma. It is our duty and, more importantly, a privilege to stand up and fight for our veterans as they return home and make sure they receive the best counseling and health and mental care available. Even though countless individuals dedicate every day to fight this critical issue, I encourage all family, friends, neighbors and community members to help combat the high suicide rate among our nation’s servicemembers and veterans this month.”
Senator Manchin encourages veterans to call the Veterans Crisis Line at (800) 273-8255, chat online at or text 838255 for information. These services offer support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to veterans, their families and friends.