IMPORTANT VETERANS CRISIS LINE INFO
There is a crisis hotline for veterans or their friends and family run by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The hotline is at (800) 273-8255, select option 1. This hotline is not only for veterans, but for friends and family who are concerned about a veteran. These resources could help save the life of someone who risked all for this country, and avoid a tragedy like that involving Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams.
According to media reports, Williams, 63, who was known for starring roles on television and film, committed suicide, and was found dead at his home in Tiburon, California yesterday at about 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Williams had reportedly been suffering from depression, and his recent TV series, The Crazy Ones, had not been renewed for a second season.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said in a statement about the actor, “Robin was a gifted actor and comedian, but he was also a true friend and supporter of our troops. From entertaining thousands of service men and women in war zones, to his philanthropy that helped veterans struggling with hidden wounds of war, he was a loyal and compassionate advocate for all who serve this nation in uniform. He will be dearly missed by the men and women of DoD - so many of whom were personally touched by his humor and generosity.”
For more information on the Veterans Crisis Line and the resources it offers to help vets and their friends and family, go to this web site: http://veteranscrisisline.net/About/AboutVeteransCrisisLine.aspx. You will be leaving the SOF web site if you click the link.