Mayor declares September Military Suicide Awareness Month


September 16, 2013

MADISON — Madison Mayor H.H. “Sonny” Howell came to our VFW & Ladies Auxiliary (5578) meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, to sign a proclamation to declare September Military Suicide Awareness month.

The proclamation reads:

Whereas, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is celebrating its 100th year of volunteer service to those who have and are serving in America’s military, and

Whereas, the Ladies Auxiliary VFW of West Virginia is similarly dedicated to aiding West Virginia’s current and former active duty military personnel and their families; and

Whereas, suicides by veterans have reached alarming rates in the United States and in West Virginia; and

Whereas, the federal Department of Veterans Affairs has been studying suicide by veterans, reporting that 22 veterans committed suicide each day in 2010 in its Suicide Data Report 2012; and

Whereas, the Suicide Data Report 2012 also reported almost 15,000 suicides by veterans in federal fiscal year 2012, showing an alarming increase; and

Whereas, the Department of Veterans Affairs believes its efforts to reduce suicide is helping as the helping as the number of suicides has begun to decline, which demonstrates the importance of education and assistance;

Whereas, the Ladies Auxiliary VFW of the State of West Virginia/Post 5578 is working diligently to provide education and assistance to veterans in need of mental health services, and the State of West Virginia/City of Madison want to assist in those efforts.

Now, therefore, I do hereby declare September as “Military Suicide Awareness” month for the state/city of Madison to encourage education and assistance for the courageous and dedicated men and women of the United States military.