By Michaela Gibson Morris
TUPELO – Gayle Wicker is among Congressional family members reaching out to veterans who are struggling with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
“So many of our veterans come home with unseen injuries,” said Wicker, who is married to Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. “They need to get help.”
For years, Wicker has participated in the National Broadcasting Association’s public service announcement program where Congressional family members speak on a host of issues. In the past, much of her work has focused on literacy, but this year, she participated in announcements for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in part because of her background in counseling.
“The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention really wanted to bring focus to our veterans suffering from depression and PTSD,” as the Veterans Day holiday approaches, Wicker said. “We don’t want to forget these veterans who served us.”
The Veterans Crisis line, available by calling (800) 273-8255 and pressing 1 or online at veteranscrisisline.net, offers confidential support and is staffed 24 hours a day.