Just last year Iraq War Veteran James ‘Bo’ Greenwood was sounding off to Veterans Administration officials about the problems veterans face. Late last week, Greenwood died by his own hand. So that he wouldn’t become just another statistic we wanted to put his face on the issue of Veteran Suicide. According to a 2012 VA report on veteran suicide, 18 to 22 veterans take their own lives each day. Those numbers may or may not be taken out of context. Various media reports have argued the number is exactly that, or perhaps much less.
What is not disputed is that the risk of veterans, particularly those who have deployed and served in a combat zone is as much as 3 times higher than the civilian population. Statistics don’t really mean much to those left behind however. In Greenwood’s case that would be his parents, his wife and son, and friend Matthew Davis.
Davis and Greenwood interviewed with News 5 just last year, shortly after Greenwood laid out his problems for V.A. officials. Davis said he showed no signs of being suicidal but continued having trouble getting appointments and help from V.A.
His funeral is set for Wednesday at 1 o’clock at the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort.