The Veterans Tear, a piece of jewelry, pin and pendant, is for sale once again at Van Horn Jewelers in Owego. Designed by Michael Husted at Van Horn Jewelers, the Veterans Tear raises money to heighten suicide awareness, and to help veterans.
The light blue topaz teardrop is set in sterling silver; the teardrop represents the tears of heartache and pain associated with veteran suicide, while the silver frame symbolizes a ray of hope for the future.
An idea inspired by Danielle Ingram, Tioga County’s Chapter 9 Veterans of Modern Warfare (VMW) president, Husted drafted drawings and crafted the distinctive piece based on Ingram’s description.
Ingram noted that sales have gone well and to date, she added, they have raised over $3,500 and donated to Myrph dog training and the DAV for a peer-to-peer phone line. They also held a program on suicide awareness and prevention that was open to the public and very well attended.
To place a Veterans Tear pin order, contact Ingram at (607) 205-0902, or stop by Van Horn Jewelers located at 31 Lake St. in Owego. The pin, being sold for $100, is on display inside the store.
Veterans, who are in crisis or having thoughts of suicide, or those who know a veteran in crisis, should call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
The Tioga County Veterans’ Service Agency, with an office in Owego, also assists veterans with various support programs. For questions or assistance, call the agency at (607) 687-8228.