“The War at Home”: Norfolk to host memorial to veterans who died from suicide @Mission22


The 20 weathered steel plates each bear the outline and name of a military veteran who died from suicide.

They’re part of a traveling monument, the War at Home Memorial, that’s scheduled to open in Norfolk in September.

The memorial was created by Mission 22, an Indiana-based nonprofit that works to raise awareness about veteran suicide.

Mission 22’s name comes from a 2012 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs study that estimated 22 former service members died from suicide every day. A report last year said the risk for suicide is 21 percent higher among veterans than for those who never served.

And Sara Dawdy, Mission 22’s executive director, said seeing real people’s names can make the problem hit home more than any statistic.

“The memorial really humanizes this because these are our fathers and our mothers and our brothers and our sisters that we are losing every single day,” Dawdy said.



Author: Lisa the Infidel

I am an #Infidel - born and bred North Carolina.

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