You were not alone then, you are
not alone now. There are 20 million vets who would give their lives for
you. PLEASE, don't take yours.
After a traumatic experience, it's normal to feel frightened, sad,
anxious, and disconnected. But if the upset doesn't fade and you feel
stuck with a constant sense of danger and painful memories, you may be
suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can seem like
you'll never get over what happened or feel normal again.
This is why we have created the "buddy-buddy" program. Veterans
like you, that have shared a similar experience or trauma in one of our
nations many conflicts, are available to talk with you openly and
privately and help you deal with issues associated with your experience.
If you are struggling, if you are in pain, if you just need to talk, please call.
Veterans Crisis Hotline 1 (800) 273- 8255 press "1"
Veterans TEXT 838255
From the National VFW Dispatch
September is Suicide
Prevention Month. The VFW remains dedicated to raising awareness, improving
research and breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health, and we’re
asking you to get involved.
We’re proud to
announce the fifth annual "A Day to Change Direction” will take place Sept. 19.
This important day is a day of service and action to change the dialogue on
mental health for America’s veterans and our communities. It offers you, your
Post and your community a day to come together to make an invaluable difference
in the lives of so many.
It’s not too late to
start planning an in-person or virtual event in support of A Day to Change
Direction that will serve to educate your community. As brothers and
sisters-in-arms, we have an obligation to ensure every veteran receives the
help and support they need. Click here for more information on how you can get involved.