Statistics show that about 22 veterans die every day by suicide. That accounts for 1 out of 5 suicides. Yesterday, we heard about the tragic passing of great actor and comedian Robin Williams by means of an apparent suicide.
Robin may not have been a veteran himself, but was an avid supporter of members of the military and veteran community. “He has toured the Middle East with the USO a total of five times, including visits to Iraq and Afghanistan, to help raise morale among the troops and is, perhaps, best known philanthropically for his affiliation with Comic Relief, which was founded in 1986 as a non-profit organization to help America’s homeless. To date, the overall efforts of the “Comic Relief” organization have raised over $50 Million.” (Look to the Stars)
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please take a moment to visit www.veteranscrisisline.net. Veterans and their loved ones can chat online. OR call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Mr. Williams’ passing is a loss to our community and many of us on a personal level as his influence was undeniable. Rest in peace.