A. Recent report from the Costs of War Project at Brown University. found that more than 30,000 active duty military personnel and veterans have died by suicide since Sept. 11, 2001. That is more than four times the number killed in combat.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey learned of that study and is now talking about the importance of protecting the mental health of active duty military members and veterans.
“Mental health is an incredibly important topic, especially today,” McCaffrey said. Alaina Getzenberg of the Charlotte Observer. “Unfortunately, I have not been a part of, but I have had friends who have lost their lives to mental health problems and who have struggled a lot due to their mental health.”
McCaffrey has spent much of the offseason working on fundraising efforts for the Christian McCaffrey Foundation, whose mission is to serve “as a catalyst for the community and the country by supporting those who sacrifice daily for the benefit of many. We present ourselves to our men and women in service by being in the face of the most critical challenges of our time.”
The 25-year-old added that he hopes helping veterans will become part of his legacy as an NFL superstar.
McCaffrey is the highest paid running back in the NFL, earning $ 16 million per year. In four seasons with the Panthers, he has 682 carries for 3,145 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also has 320 receptions for 2,672 yards and 16 touchdowns.