The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that about 22 veterans a day take their own lives. In this episode we will look at the story of another Vietnam Veteran who committed suicide in a parking lot at the Bay Pines VA Medical Facility near St. Petersburg, Florida. The story of Gerhard Reitmann a former US Marine who served in Vietnam is featured. His story comes from the Suncoast News and is titled: Suicide at Bay Pines shows pain among older veterans. It was submitted by Howard Altman, a staff writer with the Tampa Tribune.
Reitmann’s story is all too common with Vietnam Veterans. There is help for veterans considering suicide and for their loved ones. Call the Veterans Crisis Line, 1-800-273-8255, press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net, or send a text message to 838255 to receive free, confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.
If you are a Vietnam Veteran who may be at risk of committing suicide or be a friend or relative of a troubled veteran please take advantage of the above listed resources.