Friday, April 4, 2014

IAVA Press Release

From my personal email, 4/3/2014

Dear Hutch,
The last 24 hours have been tough ones for many in our community. We want you to know that IAVA is working hard to provide support for our members, friends, and families in and around Fort Hood. At the same time, we are speaking out nationally for you -- our veterans and those who support them. Below is the statement we issued to the press this morning and the message we have been sharing with reporters throughout the day.
IAVA Statement on Fort Hood Events
The military and veteran community is an incredibly tight knit group and our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by the Fort Hood tragedy. IAVA's #1 priority right now is to provide support to our community in Texas and worldwide. We ask all Americans to make it their priority too.
While we still don't know the details about what motivated yesterday's tragic events, it's important we remember that our men and women currently in uniform and the veterans who have returned home from the wars are amongst the finest and most dedicated people in America and the actions of one individual don't diminish or change that fact. In moments like this, there is a tendency by some to paint a broad brush across the entire veterans community and it's important to guard against that mistake. We encourage everyone--especially those in the media and political positions--to be thoughtful and responsible in their reactions and to remember that correlation does not imply causation.
At the same time we recognize that the vast majority of our military and vets are not in crisis, we must all acknowledge that there are indeed problems with the way mental health care and transitional support is managed and available to our service members and veterans. As we did last week in Washington with our Campaign to Combat Suicide during Storm the Hill, IAVA will continue to advocate for urgent and practical solutions to these problems and challenge our leaders to help us solve them in the weeks and months ahead.

-- Team IAVA

                                                                                                                                                                       This concerns                            all of us.

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