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Rep. Paschal asks Alabamians to give veterans a ‘helping hand, a strong shoulder’

As a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army, State Rep. Kenneth Paschal (R-Pelham) understands the gravity of service and sacrifice.

This year, ahead of Veterans Day weekend, Paschal is asking Alabamians to honor and thank veterans for their own service and sacrifice by extending a helping hand to veterans who maybe in crisis or in need.

“Active members of the military – and especially those who serve in combat – carry a set of stresses that is unique, and those stresses remain with them and can even intensify once they end their service,” Pascal said.

“Veterans Day offers a perfect opportunity to say ‘thank you for your service’ while also offering a helping hand, a strong shoulder, and a compassionate heart to those who once wore a uniform and find themselves struggling.”

According to Paschal, more than 6,000 veterans have taken their own lives each year for the past 20 years, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for veterans under the age of 45. He also noted that more than 40% of veterans have said that they experience high levels of difficulty when transitioning from service, and are five times more likely to consider suicide.

“If you know a veteran who needs help, share three simple numbers that can save their life – 988 – which is the hotline for suicide prevention counseling, mental crisis help, and substance abuse services,” Paschal said.

“There is no better way to express appreciation to those who stood on the front lines of freedom than guiding them on the path toward help.”

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.

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