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Legislation #: 180879 Introduction Date: 11/15/2018
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS JAMES, JR., BARNES JR., MCMANUS, LUCAS, SHIELDS, TAYLOR, FOWLER, HALL, CANADY, JUSTUS, LOAR, WAGNER AND REED
Title: Declaring support of preventing suicide among service members, veterans and their families.

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11/13/2018 Filed by the Clerk's office
11/15/2018 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 180879

 

Declaring support of preventing suicide among service members, veterans and their families.

 

WHEREAS, veterans suicide is a complex public health issue that affects individuals and families;

 

WHEREAS, Veterans accounted for 14.3% of all deaths by suicide among United States adults, Missouri had 180 Veteran suicide deaths in 2015 while Kansas had 67; and

 

WHEREAS, more than 20 Veterans die by suicide each day in the United States, 14 of those Veterans were not connected to Veteran Services within the VA; and

 

WHEREAS, families are often hit the hardest by the effects of Veteran Suicide,

 

WHEREAS, Kansas City recognizes the sacrifices of our service members, Veterans and their families; and

 

WHEREAS, community providers and faith based partners are called to recognize and respond to risk factors associated with Veterans in their population; and

 

WHEREAS, Kansas City will launch #operationkc to support service members, Veterans and families; and

 

WHEREAS, the time has come to ensure help is within reach of every service member, Veterans and family members; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby declare support for preventing suicide among service members, veterans and their families; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Kansas City Assessment and Triage Center with the Mayor and Council applauding the launching of #operationkc and Start the Conversation Kansas City!

 

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