Lubbock veterans organizations honor service members who die by

Lubbock veterans organizations honor service members who die by suicide

Veterans advocates commemorate their brothers and sister in arms who die by suicide each day. 

It's a group effort by several of the veteran support organizations in Lubbock. On average, 20 veterans die by suicide a day. Two Marine reservists in the Lubbock area have died by suicide in the past eight months. 

The Veterans Affairs reports out of those 20 each day, 14 are not in direct VA care and not getting treated for symptoms of post traumatic stress. 

"You really need to have the community be the eyes and ears for these veterans. They've had a bad day, they're behavior changes erratically. You need to address and asses that scenario and call someone," Danny Koch, a veterans advocate, said. 

In comparison, Koch reports nearly 7,000 service members have died in the global war on terror. In that same time frame, nearly 120,000 veterans have died by suicide. 

Research shows out of the 2.7 service members who've toured in Iraq and Afghanistan, about 500,000 exhibit serious signs of post traumatic stress. 

"It could be your son, my son, our neighbors son or daughter. So we have to address it," Koch said.

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