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Updated Suicide Numbers in Veterans Alley
Masking The Pain of TRAUMA Through Paint
On March 28, 2013 in San Francisco the suicide numbers of US military veterans were updated in Veterans Alley or more specifically the San Francisco Veterans Mural Project to reflect the actual number of attempts and successes. Only 23 States out of 50 are reporting the numbers to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs. Currently there are 31 attempted suicides per day and 22 are successful, that’s’ over 600 per month and at least 1,300 a year. Those numbers include all veterans from all wars. California is one of the States that is not reporting nor documenting suicides among military veterans. Amos Gregory says basically they have no idea of the (exact) total number of suicides occurring nationally with military veterans. Even more disconcerting are the number of homeless vets, and according to the National Coalition for the Homeless there are 150,000-200,000 homeless veterans in the United States on any given day, including the disabled. As a response to those numbers Amos Gregory a Gulf War veteran started up the San Francisco Veterans Mural Project. Veterans Alley in San Francisco is an alley that sits on the edge of the Tenderloin and the Financial District and now has many murals. All of the murals tell a story. Amos Gregory has also started up veterans alleys in La Perla, San Juan Puerto Rico and London. Since Puerto Ricans who enlist in the US Military are most likely to be combat vets the Veterans Mural Project has been set-up there as well. Also Gregory started up a veterans alley in London because folks from other countries who sign up for the US Military are deported once they are discharged, which prevents them from accessing some of the services available to vets on the mainland in urban centers such as San Francisco.
Previous post about Veterans Alley, http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/08/16/18719680.php