Alderman Balcer’s Resolution on Veteran Suicide

CITY HALL — A City Council committee will shine a spotlight on the issue of veterans committing suicide Wednesday.

Ald. James Balcer (11th), a Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Marines Corps, sponsored a resolution calling for a hearing on “the alarming rate of suicide amongst veterans,” and the Human Relations Committee will hold that hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Council Chamber.

“The numbers are staggering, and they’re alarming,” Balcer said Tuesday. “We’re trying to get the word out to people.”

According to the resolution, citing Veterans Health Administration figures, veterans accounted for 22 percent of all U.S. suicides from 1999 through 2010, and a 2012 study showed that 20 U.S. veterans committed suicide every day. Balcer said his own research estimated that 150,000 Vietnam vets had committed suicide.

He added, however, that post-traumatic stress disorder remains an enduring issue for all veterans, “even older veterans, World War II veterans.”

The list of those set to testify Wednesday, he said, is “quite extensive,” but he added that it’s not intended to produce a city ordinance on the issue, but just to draw attention to it and to the avenues for aid, such as a Veterans Administration crisis line at 800-273-8255.

Our biggest thing is getting the word out,” Balcer said.

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By Ted Cox on February 18, 2014

March 2014 CVO Meeting

CVO will be holding its regular March meeting on Saturday, March 15th at the Austin Community Resource Center (the Old Austin YMCA) at 501 N. Central Avenue in Chicago. You asked that we move the meetings around, so we’re holding this one on the West side. Future meetings will be in other areas. The meeting will be from 10 AM to 12:15 PM. Please be on time since we only have the venue for the designated times!

Of course, Coffee and Donuts will be served!

Bring your Individual Dues ($10) or Organizational Dues ($50) to be a member in good standing!

Save the Date! We’re having our Annual CVO Fundraiser on Saturday, May 17th from Noon to 4 PM at the Japan Hibachi Grill at 76th and Cicero. It’s Armed Forces Day! We’ll have live entertainment, an awards ceremony, door prizes and raffles all afternoon! The food there is great! Don’t miss it! Put it in your calendars now and come out and support CVO and veterans. We only have one fundraiser a year and this is it! Tickets are only $25 per person.

We need your support to make CVO the very best we can be! Come and support us at both events!

Bruce Parry
CVO Chair