First responders and the military play a critical role in maintaining the health and safety of the nation. However, contrasting other jobs, first responders and military professionals are significantly more likely to suffer from physical or emotional injuries due to their service. While police and fire departments may offer some financial help to the injured officer or firefighter, rarely are these financial incentives enough to the cost of medical bills the officer, EMT, paramedic or firefighter incurs. As a result, many first responders and military professionals struggle to pay the bills they incur. Yet, in addition to struggling financially, many first responders and military professionals have families that need both their emotional and financial support. In response, Help the Heroes Foundation was founded in order to help alleviate the financial burden first responders endure after being injured (physically or emotionally) while serving in the line of duty.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, first responders are 20% more likely than the general population to attempt suicide.
Compared to other workers, first responders are significantly more likely to suffer from physical/over-exertion, injuries related to transportation incidents and are more likely to be placed in violent situations.