Congressman implores people to 'get involved' with vets
Ralph Abraham has spent much of his first few months in Congress stumping for the government to do more for America's veterans.
On Tuesday, he made the same appeal to members of the Alexandria Rotary Club.
"Our veterans right now — today, tomorrow, yesterday — 22 of them a day take their own lives," Abraham said. "It is a national tragedy and we need to fix it. The only way to really prevent it is for people like you to get involved."
Abraham, a Republican from Mangham, sits on the House Veterans Affairs Committee and is the chairman of the subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.
"We all know veterans," he said. "My plea to you is, when you see a veteran start to pull back, maybe they miss a few days of work, reach out to them. Pick up the phone and call them. Ask how they're doing. Maybe all they need is to know someone cares and thinks they're relevant. If they start to draw back, you have to ask them the hard questions. A simple phone call could result in them getting some help."
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