Each day, 22 veterans commit suicide, the study said.
The number, based on a Veterans Affairs study, came as a shock and sobering reminder of the lingering impacts of service to many when the study was first made public in 2012.
There have been some questions raised and even caution encouraged by the authors of the study that first introduced the statistic, as it was based on a limited number of states and only years 1999 to 2011, which left out many of the more recent veterans. The good news is the rate in recent years appears to be lower, based on multiple statistical studies.
Still, the number 22 has been used to bring awareness to a very real issue, and it will be front and center on the Branford Town Green in May.
On Monday, May 6 and Tuesday May, 7, Long Island based artist will present his art installation “22-13” on the Green, bringing awareness to that “22 number for veteran suicide as part of a tour of the original 13 colonies. This “patriotic art tour” was created to heighten awareness and raise the dialogue for this severe crisis, and grab the attention of the nation and figure out how to bring this number down.
Monday evening at 7 PM the event will kick off with Master of Ceremonies Carolyn Sires. First selectman Jamie Cosgrove and local veteran Ray Ingraham will speak, followed by additional speakers. The Stony Creek Fife and Drum Corps will also be on hand.
The event is sponsored by the Indian Neck Association and the Republican Town Committee.