The “Not One More Life” campaign was launched Friday morning.
Governor Dave Heineman was joined by veteran and military leaders on Friday to kick-off the campaign and bring public awareness for help that is available to at risk veterans.
The campaign is specifically focused on the risk of emotional issues that could result in suicide. The campaign will include bumper stickers promoting the crisis line, 1-800-273-TALK, and radio public service announcements.
“As veterans, we have a commitment to serving our country, as well as looking out for one another,” said Heineman, an Army veteran. “The well-being and safety of those who have served our country and their families is a high priority, and we must make every effort to avoid losing even one more life. Awareness that fellow-veterans and family members care, and that help is always available, is important for helping veterans in need of support.”
Two-thirds of veterans who commit suicide are age 50 or older. Twenty percent are under age 40, and 3 percent are under 30. Nationally, 18-22 veteran suicides each day.