Wednesday, November 11, 2015

In Honor of Veterans Day

The suicide rate among our Veterans is through the roof.  While the exact numbers are hard to know due to under-reporting and how the figures are calculated, most agree that the suicide rate among former and active duty service men and women is at least 50% higher than the general population.  It has been reported that the number may be as high as 22 per day.  Many suspect it may be higher than that.

This harrowing account from The New York Times, Stalked by Suicide, shows just how prevalent the situation really is.

Many groups are trying to do something about it, including the Healing Warriors Program.  My sister, Ana, is the Executive Director of the young nonprofit, and has been working tirelessly to bring awareness, help and healing to our brave men and women, and their families.  The video below illustrates the importance of the service they are providing in treating chronic pain and PTSD in current and former soldiers.

I hope you can find it in your heart to support them in their invaluable work.  Thank you!

Enjoy previous seasonal blog posts:

Honoring Those Who Served
On Veterans Day and every day, this special group of people have much to give.
Supporting our Military Neither rain nor flood can keep many from supporting our men and women in uniform.
A Difficult Anniversary
Last year, we lost our Mom.  It feels like it was just yesterday.  The anniversary of a loss is always hard.
It's All About Family
Giving thanks and honoring those who came before.
Brandied Fruit
The perfect dessert topping for fall, and so many ways to use it!
Caring for Holiday Guests
Breakfast burritos can make you a winning host!
Pumpkin Pie
Have you ever made a pie from fresh pumpkin instead of canned?  Do it!  It's not at all difficult and so worth it!
A Rustic Tart for Fall
A free-form tart or galette with layered wine-poached pears is a perfect dessert for fall.
Pies for Fall
It's time to dust-off our recipe file for our favorite fall pies and treats.
Can't stay out of the kitchen on Thanksgiving!

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