Kaptur Statement Following Veteran’s Suicide Outside Cleveland VA Medical Center
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) released the following statement after a veteran died by suicide outside the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland:
“I am heartbroken following the suicide of a veteran outside the Cleveland VA this morning,” said Rep. Kaptur. “The level of pain that brings someone to suicide is fortunately unimaginable to many of us. My sincere condolences and prayers are with the veteran’s family and friends during this immensely difficult time.”
“The fact that 20 veterans a day take their own life – over 7,000 a year – is a tragedy. With seven incidents of veteran suicide on VA property in 2019 alone, 25 in the last 18 months, its critical we do more to stop this sustained national crisis. That is why I am working closely with my colleagues in the House and Senate to take decisive action to investigate and bring to an end the epidemic of veteran suicide.”
To reach a trained mental health professional, veterans in crisis can call 1-(800)-273-8255 and press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text 838255. This confidential support is available to all veterans & their loved ones 24/7. For additional resources, visit www.veteranscrisisline.net/BeThere.