September is Veteran Suicide Awareness Month

September is Veteran Suicide Awareness Month Pictured, from left, Karen Messersmith, Chairman Dorolyn Perry, and VFW Auxiliary 1371 President Jean Marie Sabol wear blue teardrop pins they made for members. Pamphlets regarding VFW Mental Wellness Campaign were also distributed. Provided photo.

The VFW has designated September as Veteran Suicide Awareness Month. Veterans are still 1.5% more likely than the general population to die from suicide. We can help by using resources like the Veterans Crisis Line, the VFW National Home for Children, the VA advocacy and the blue teardrop symbol all make a difference.

The Veterans Crisis Line is 1-800-273-8255 – Press 1. This line is available 24-7. Trained professionals who care are available. The VFW National Home for Children serves as a living memorial to America’s Veterans by helping our nation’s struggling military and Veteran families. The VFW National Home for Children provides a safe environment where children may learn and grow and for families to heal. 

More information may be obtained by calling 1-800-313-4200. Veterans can contact accredited Service officers who can help them navigate the VA. They can help them with the VFW Mental Wellness Campaign, which helps with awareness, support, and intervention for Veterans.

The Blue Teardrop is focused on raising awareness and decreasing stigma. According to Dorolyn Perry, VFW Auxiliary 1371 Veterans and Family Support chairman, three members made teardrop pins for the members to wear. Information regarding the VFW Mental Wellness Campaign was also discussed. Blue teardrop pins are a great way to create awareness for veteran and military suicide. 

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