Disabled Veterans National Foundation Echoes Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Call for Focus on Veteran Suicide Prevention

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) recently made veteran suicide a priority focus for 2014, and DVNF urges more to do the same.

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'It is up to citizens and veterans’ organizations to make sure that all veterans know of the services that can save their lives,' said DVNF CEO, Joseph VanFonda (SgtMaj Ret.)

Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 28, 2014

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (http://www.dvnf.org), a nonprofit veterans service organization that focuses on helping men and women who serve and return home wounded or sick after defending our safety and our freedom, supports the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) in its efforts to prevent suicide among veterans.

The IAVA declared this week that suicide prevention would be its main priority issue in 2014. DVNF is echoing the importance of IAVA’s announcement, and is urging more groups to follow suit.

DVNF, in a recent blog post, made a similar call to action for more to be done to combat veteran suicide. The group even went as far as to say that this is matter of national security, but that it continues to take a back seat to the growing unrest outside of US borders.

Veteran suicide has had an alarming spike in recent years, and the Department of Veterans Affairs has struggled to keep up with the increasing problem. DVNF argues that while effective programs have established by the VA to address mental health and suicide, it is equally as important for veterans’ organizations to continue spreading the word.

“Mental health remains a touchy subject for many, and it scares me that a non-existent stigma could ever be responsible for the death of a veteran,” said DVNF CEO, Joseph VanFonda (SgtMaj Ret.). “It is up to citizens and veterans’ organizations to make sure that all veterans know of the services that can save their lives.”

The DVNF has made mental health awareness a main priority issue for 2014, as it is the most pressing need concern that needs more attention.

For more, go to http://www.dvnf.org.

About Disabled Veterans National Foundation: The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to change the lives of men and women who came home wounded or sick after defending our safety and our freedom. A nonprofit 501c3, DVNF was founded in the fall of 2007 by six women veterans to expand their scope of work within the veteran's community.


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