In response to a June 8 Los Angeles Times story revealing the “staggering” high number of female veterans who commit suicide, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis has issued the following statement:
“It is critical to provide services for those who have served our country. We need to ensure that we develop housing specifically tailored to the needs of female veterans and their children. This housing should provide needed wraparound support that is specific to their health and mental well-being and that offers female veterans social services assistance, job training and education. We need to provide them with all they need to welcome them so that they can seamlessly reintegrate back into civilian life. It is my hope these women will go on to lead full, healthy and productive lives.”
Solis is also the former U.S. Secretary of Labor.
In addition, Supervisor Solis’ appointee to the Los Angeles County Veterans’ Advisory Commission Kristine Hesse, women veterans outreach coordinator for the National Veterans Foundation, also issued this statement in response to the Times story:
“The high number of female veterans committing suicide is disconcerting. We must do more to call attention to their well-being. These women are our daughters, mothers and sisters and many do not come forward because of the stigma associated with suicide, but if they need help, we must be there to give them assistance. They have sacrificed much to serve our nation and it is time we provide them with better mental health care.”