Veterans’ Healthcare and the Political Divide after a Mass Shooting CNN’s Kim Brunhuber speaks with professor and retired U.S. Air Force colonel, Mona Pearl Treyball, about veterans’ mental health care in the wake of the mass shooting in Atlanta, where authorities say the shooter was a veteran. Watch the video here
Who is Mona Pearl Treyball? Why is what she said about the rate of suicides in veterans being closer to 44 a day important? Because too many just jumped on the headline of 22 a day and never once bothered to read the report from the VA back in 2012!
I did. I’ve been screaming about all this ever since but without the data, all I had was an educated guess. I thought it was over 70. Maybe I’m still right when you factor everything else in. The thing is, we know she has facts.
I just got vindicated because I was called a liar when I said it wasn’t 22 a day. No matter who I talked to and pointed out the facts, I was called a liar. I was called a liar by strangers. What hurt the most was that I was also called a liar by friends that knew how seriously I took all this. All of it piled up and I stopped trying to help change the outcome for veterans.
Sure I still do what I can but considering no one is talking about PTSD in the rest of us, I figured I’d be able to make a bigger difference without people deciding to make money off our suffering and get in the way of what works.
#BreakTheSilence and #TakeBackYourLife