Medical Services, Inc. has committed to join in the solution to Stop Soldier Suicide, national campaign this September. "Sometimes our service men and women come home wounded inside and out," states Chief Executive Officer Dallas S. Bunton, Sr. "Possibly while in other countries America's heroes have lost wives, families and their sense of being a part of life. Too many times these brave service members become drained of the will to live and turn to suicide."
According to a 2012 Department of Veterans Affairs report, it's estimated that 22 soldiers take their lives each day. There are nearly 23 million Veterans of war in the United States and 1.5 million active duty military men and women. Also reported in 2014 by the Center for Public Integrity, the suicide rate for Veterans far exceeds that of the civilian population. Additionally, the Stop Soldier Suicide Foundation estimates that over 400,000 Veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) along with 40% from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), both being reported as leading indicators of military suicide. "For way to long these heroes that have served our country and kept us safe, have often lost everything for themselves in the process," states Mr. Bunton, a Veteran having served in Korea during the Pueblo Crisis with the 7th Infantry Division on the DMZ.
The employees and executive management at NACS and Medical Services in Chattanooga are pledging to support the mission of the Stop Soldier Suicide (SSS) Foundation, in empowering veterans for life, with multiple activities the week of September 12-16; including providing employees with an 'I Joined the Solution' SSS T-shirt from the Through Struggle organization, to be proudly worn along with blue jean, casual dress fundraising days on campus. Additionally, NACS has committed to match dollar-for-dollar, plus a donation of $3,000 over and above what is raised from the company's 300+ employees. Mr. Bunton's community challenge states, "We hope through supporting this campaign we will bring awareness and to show our service men and women that we care and appreciate what they do."
All campaign donations will directly benefit the Stop Solider Suicide Foundation, www.stopsoldiersuicide.org/.