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Pennsylvania House bill increases cost of birth and death certificates to curb veteran suicides | Thursday coffee

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This year’s Memorial Day celebrations may be in the rearview mirror, but a scourge that prematurely robs too many veterans of their families is still with us.

Between the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and last September, just over 30,000 American veterans committed suicide across the country, according to a commentary published by WBUR-FM in Boston.

In 2019, the most recent year for which data was available from the US Department of Veterans Affairs6,261 veterans died by suicide, the WBUR-FM the analysis showed. That’s a 7% decrease from the previous year, but an average of 17 veterans killed themselves every day, according to the analysis.

In Pennsylvania, a total of 270 veterans died by suicide in 2019, the Capital-Star reported last september, citing federal data. Veterans between the ages of 55 and 74 made up the largest cohort with 108 deaths, according to federal data.

On Wednesday, a Lehigh Valley lawmaker again began seeking support for a proposal he hopes will stem the tide of veteran suicides.

The bill that has not yet been introducedstate-sponsored democrat Representative Peter Schweyerof Allentown, would increase the fees for birth and $2 death certificates to establish a permanent source of funding for a grant program to help organizations working to reduce suicide deaths among veterans. Currently, both documents cost $20, according to the state Department of Health.

Schweyer previously introduced the bill in the 2019-20 legislative session.

Soldiers line up for the annual Veterans Day Parade in New York (Getty Images)

“Often we hear heartbreaking stories of how our veterans struggle with the visible and invisible wounds of war,” Schweyer wrote in a memo seeking co-sponsors for his plan. “Many veterans become frustrated and disenfranchised with the extremely complicated system of veterans benefits, ultimately feeling that their only option is to end their lives.”

Currently, the state Veterans Trust Fund provides approximately $800,000 in grants to charities that support veterans. But there is currently no permanent source of funding for programs aimed specifically at preventing veteran suicides, Schweyer observed.

The money raised from the fee increases would be used to create a competitive grant program administered by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Schweyer wrote.

In a text message to Capital-Starthe Lehigh Valley lawmaker added that he was willing to find other sources of funding for his proposal.

“It is essential that we ensure that all of our Commonwealth veterans, and their loved ones, have the resources and support to cope with the physical and psychological wounds of war,” he added. Schweyer written in his note.

The ceiling of the main rotunda inside the Pennsylvania Capitol.  24 May 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).
The ceiling of the Main Rotunda inside the Pennsylvania Capitol on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (Photo by Amanda Berg for the Capital-Star).

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