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Max Samis, Press Secretary
Brady Campaign on Jason Kander Announcement: “This is What True Heroism Looks Like”
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Washington, D.C., October 3, 2018 – This week, former Missouri secretary of state and Army captain Jason Kander announced that he will seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder brought about due to his combat tour in Afghanistan 11 years ago, ending his campaign for mayor of Kansas City, MO. The Brady Campaign thanked Jason for his honesty and strength-in-vulnerability, and noted his long history of being a champion for gun safety.
Kyleanne Hunter, USMC (ret.), VP of Programs at the Brady Campaign, stated,
“Getting help is strength. We are proud of Jason for taking such a public step, one that shows leadership and will hopefully save lives and inspire others suffering in silence to do the same. Jason has always put his fellow Americans first and foremost, and his service is an honorable example for us all. His willingness to seek help is a true example, showing that guns and depression are a dangerous combination. We sincerely hope that other elected officials throughout the country are inspired by Jason to proactively help veterans and others by promoting strong gun violence prevention policies in their own communities, including extreme risk protection orders that help keep guns out of the hands of those who become at-risk of doing harm to themselves or others. Jason recognized that he was a potential risk to himself, and we know his example will inspire others to seek the help they need.
“And Jason - we’re with you all the way. When you’re ready, we’ll be here with open arms.”
If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD and is in crisis, please call the VA Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.
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About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced one of the largest national protests of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother's Day 2000.