STOP: Stack Up’s New Veteran Support Service Can Help Save Lives

Games and Media, Journalism, Portfolio

How non-profits and video games are picking up where government support of veterans falls short: saving lives.

Article published on SideQuesting

According to a press release from last September by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the suicide rate of veterans in the United States is 22% greater than non-veteran citizens. “We know that of the 20 [veteran] suicides a day that we reported last year, 14 are not under VA care,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin in the report. “This is a national public health issue that requires a concerted, national approach.” Even without this data, it’s easy to see that war affects all lives intertwined with its pervasive web. Being deployed overseas is not a nine-to-five job; war doesn’t stop for coffee breaks or lunch dates. And, over the last few years, there is an increasing lack of belief in the support the VA can offer veterans returning home; a question in credibility that stemmed from whistle-blowers who, in 2015, made the claim that hundreds of thousands of veterans have died while on the VA’s waitlist for healthcare.

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On Numbness and Humanity

Thoughts

“I hope she’ll be a fool — that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”
— F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s been a long time since I’ve taken the time to write a personal blog post; in that respect I feel as if I have been neglecting the most important aspect of this whole writing thing. Words have this funny tendency of getting tangled up when you can’t figure out what is happening in your own head; confusion ultimately acts as a vague premonition for incoherent thought.