OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assemblywoman Joann Downey today lauded the passage by the State Assembly of her introduced legislation (A-3612) that would work to reduce rates of veteran suicide in New Jersey.
“A kind and empathetic word, a show of support, and a selfless provision of aid can mean a lot to someone facing anxiety, trauma, or depression,” Downey (D-Freehold) said.
“By funding anti-suicide public service announcements, we can hopefully connect more veterans with resources that can help them and let them know that they are not alone in facing these challenges.”
According to nationwide statistics, the suicide rate for veterans is twice that of the civilian population, with an average of 20 veterans dying every day from suicide. Under this bill, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs would be empowered to accept voluntary contributions to fund public service announcements aimed at preventing veterans from taking their own lives.