POSTED: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 6:37pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 9:22am
McAllen, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — It's already an epidemic which is becoming worse, shocking reports for the Department of Veterans Affairs shows that suicide rates among veterans jumped from 18 to 22 each day in the United States.
Stephen Harris is a volunteer for the department and he says,
"When you come back from the military you don't come back the same, you struggle to fit in and your depression level goes extremely high."
Post traumatic stress disorder is something common among military veterans especially those who fought in combat. And for many having to come home to everyday realities, like making ends meet and having to raise a family after a long separation can be very difficult.
Harris also says, "You get to that point because your anxiety level rises and you are trying to figure out how you are going to pay for your bills and how you are going to raise your family, how is your baby kid is going to like you, cause they see you as a stranger.."
Here in the valley the McAllen VA Outpatient Clinic provides both medical and psychological support services for local veterans.
However, many believe we aren't doing enough for our vets and believe it should be our duty as citizens to reach out to them and make sure they have a strong support system.
The Rio Grande Valley currently has several outpatient clinics, but many believe it's not enough especially since our vet population is growing.