MEET THE IRBY KIDS
PTSD convinced Dad that their house in Texas was one overseas that he needed to clear of hostiles. With a gun to her head, Mom was able to talk Dad back to reality. Moments later, he killed himself. They needed help and people like you gave it to them. Thank you.
17 VETERANS KILL THEMSELVES EVERYDAY.
WE WONDERED: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A VETERAN SUICIDE?
The family usually discovers the body. Sometimes, like the Irby family, they bear witness.
Exit Mom or Dad. Enter PTSD, suicide ideation and depression.
FINANCIAL HARDSHIP & EMOTIONAL DEVISTATION
Veteran families are routinely denied access to their loved ones until the funeral homes are paid in full. The VA help is too little, too late. In the hours and days after the suicide, families need help financially and emotionally.
Our Veteran families struggle to afford a modest funeral or cremation. No life insurance or savings. Houses and vehicles lost. It happens all the time.
Gets into their hands the same day or next day because the funeral homes have a “no pay – no see” policy. Bodies sit until someone pays.
THIS IS A FIGHT WE CAN WIN
The VA, Department of Defense and hundreds of nonprofits are trying to stop soldier suicide. Their best efforts fail 17 times a day. Our mission focuses solely on providing for the families in the hours and days after the suicide.
It is 100% achievable.
Your Donation Provides These Services
Time Of Need Counseling
Funeral homes prey on our Veteran families, driving up the price of a funeral our families can’t afford. We step in and negotiate for them with biohazard clean up companies and funeral homes.
Crisis Funeral Funding
Veteran families that reach out to us need the fiscal support we offer to bury their sons and daughters, husbands and wives with the dignity and honor they deserve.
Without Your Donation
PTSD and Depression
No mental health resources means the PTSD they were infected with will claim another victim. We offer hope out of that vicious cycle.
Suicide Ideation Again
Veteran families have told us of additional suicides as a result of the Veteran’s. Even children can’t escape the dangerous and deadly thoughts.
Most Veterans had no life insurance and their funerals put their survivors into a deeper financial hole. Stress and sadness ensue.
You have made my struggles with losing Cedrick bearable. I have gone to therapy, church groups, bereavement classes and take meds, but nothing has helped as much as OAS.
Helen Taylor, Cedrick’s Mom
NO, THE VA DOESN’T DO ENOUGH, NOT EVEN CLOSE
VA Benefits: Too Little-Too Late
- less than $2,000 months later
- a plot
- an in-ground marker
- a short ceremony
VA Benefits Do Not Cover:
- bio hazard clean-up costs
- body transport costs
- funeral home costs