The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a non-profit mental health watchdog organization dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health, is hosting an event at the historic Fort Harrison in honor of Purple Heart Day.
The Purple Heart is the oldest military award still presented to U.S. military members. Over 200 years ago, during the last days of the American Revolution, George Washington, having been forbidden from granting commissions and promotions in rank to recognize merit, established the Badge of Military Merit on August 7, 1782 and Purple Heart Day is observed annually on August 7th in honor of those who received the award. This year, in commemoration of Purple Heart Day, CCHR is hosting an event at the historic Fort Harrison in honor of Purple Heart Day.
“We are honored to be able to pay our respects to the recipients of the Purple Heart and we are here today to make it known that as a watchdog group we will not idly sit by while those who gave so much for this country are subjected to abuse disguised as help,” said Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida.
Since 2002, the U.S. military suicide rates have almost doubled. From 2010 to 2012, more U.S. soldiers died by suicide than from traffic accidents, heart disease, cancer and homicide. In 2012 alone, more U.S. active duty service men and women committed suicide than died in combat, and veterans are killing themselves at the rate of over 20 per day.
From 2005 to 2011, the U.S. Department of Defense increased its prescriptions of psychiatric drugs by nearly seven times which was far greater than the increase for civilians.
Officially, one in six American service members is on at least one psychiatric drug and over the last ten years, the U.S. government has spent more than $4.5 billion dollars just medicating soldiers and veterans.
“In honor of those that served, and to whom we are all indebted, a debt that can never truly be repaid, the staff, volunteers and members of CCHR make a promise that we will continue to fight for and protect those that so valiantly protected us by working to expose abuses against veterans and those in active service while supporting alternative solutions,” said Diane Stein.
To learn more, please call 727-442-8820 or visit www.cchrflorida.org for more information.
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