Caring for Our Veterans:

New 2018:  Suicide Hotline 800-273- talk (8255)

https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/

https://www.military.com/military-report/study-finds-married-vets-higher-risk-suicide.html?ESRC=mr_180205.nl

https://www.military.com/military-report/trump-signs-order-help-curb-veteran-suicides.html?ESRC=mr_180115.nl

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 information from -1-31-2013

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/va-study-finds-more-veterans-committing-suicide/2013/01/31/1092b330-5a68-11e2-9fa9-5fbdc9530eb9_story.html?utm_term=.e9e8f40a2c3b

OLD Data from 2011 :Today is a national tragedy.Tomorrow will be a national tragedy.The day after tomorrow will also be a national tragedy for America. Why? Because eighteen veterans kill themselves every day- This figure represents twenty percent of the suicides in this country. Veterans represent only nine percent of America’s population. Furthermore, Veterans constitute twenty-three percent of this nation’s homeless population.These numbers barely begin to scratch the surface of the hardships we place upon our nation’s military and families.The bravest and most courageous act I can imagine, is the willingness to put one’s life on the line for something larger than oneself. Our combat veterans are truly today’s heroes and the failure of our system to care for the mental health of these people that had served, is a stain on America’s honor and reputation. Regardless of the validity of going to war, we, as a nation, have the responsibility to care for those that we send into battle. Let us embrace a culture of support and provide the necessary resources to ensure that our combat veterans are fully and healthily integrated back into domestic life, and may God Bless America !

Every day, Veterans across America REACH OUT // Call us in time of crisis; It’s Your Call ( 24/7-365) Confidential help for Veterans and their families- VETERANS CRISIS LINE 1-800-273-8255 PRESS 1 // Or try  confidential chat or text at VeteransCrisisLine.net or text to 838255.  People experience emotional and mental health crisis in response to a wide range of situations- from difficulties in their personal relationships, to the loss of a job. For Veterans, these crisis can be heightened by their experiences in the military service. When emotional issues reach a crisis point, it’s time to call on the Veterans Crisis Line for support. STAND BY THEM. WE’LL STAND BY YOU.// Sometimes, a crisis may be involve thoughts of suicide. Learn to recognize these warning signs:#1 Hopelessness, felling like there’s no way out #2 Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings #3 Feeling like there is no reason to live #4 Rage or anger #5 Engaging in risky activities without thinking #6 Increasing alcohol or drug abuse #7 Withdrawing from family and friends.THE PRESENCE OF THE FOLLOWING SIGNS REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION: Thinking about hurting or killing yourself- Looking for ways to kill yourself-Talking about death, dying or suicide- Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, ETC. IF YOU ARE, OR KNOW  OF A VETERAN WHO IS EXPERIENCING ANY OF THESE SIGNS ,CALL THE Veteran Crisis Line IMMEDIATELY. You are not alone. We are standing by to help. It’s your Call.

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“Remember our veterans by flying the American flag on these dates”   http://www.united-states-flag.com/flying-flag.html 

In God We Trust : On July 4, 1776, thirteen British colonies declared their independence from Great Britain and with this the United States of America was born, a home to people from all corners of the world. There is no denying that the United States has it’s problems. But let us always remember that through there are many challenges to deal with. America still assures everyone full freedom, an opportunity to pray, study and work, a high standard of living and much, much more. .Let us thank God, that America has accepted us, and those who came before us. Let us always appreciate everything this country has to offer and let us be ready to offer our help where needed, The symbol that is most often displayed on the 4th of July is the American Flag. The American Flag is unique in the deep and noble significance of the message of national independence, of individual liberty, of idealism, of patriotism. It is the beacon of enduring hope, like the famous Statue of Liberty enlightening the World to the oppressed of all lands. It floats over a wondrous assemblage of people from every racial stock and every nationality of this earth. Let us pray that God gives America the strength to always stand for truth, for human rights, for respect of neighbor and for all that is good and beautiful. Let us pray that the leaders of this great land be blessed with the strength to make wise decisions, that the people of America appreciate and respect everything that their country has to offer and that God keep the United State of America under His care.

“Old Glory” Long May It Wave-Born in Philadelphia on June 14, 1777, the flag of the United States of America symbolizes the patriotic ideals of a nation “conceived in liberty” and admired around the world. From the dawn’s early light to the twilight’s last gleaming.

http://blog.gerbsmanpartners.com/2014/06/14/flag-day-honor-america-the-power-of-those-broad-stripes-and-bright-stars-by-jane-hampton-cook-foxnews-com/

http://nation.foxnews.com/culture/2010/06/07/watch-marine-stuns-crowd-tea-party

 

Our flag has a proud and glorious history. It was at the head of every battle fought by Americans. Many people have died protecting it. It even stands proudly on the surface of the moon. As Americans, we have every right to be proud of our culture, our nation, and our flag. So raise the flag today and every day with pride !

FLAG ETIQUETTE: #1. Never allow the flag to touch the ground or any other object while on display.#2. Salute the flag as it is hoisted and lowered, during the playing the National Anthem and while saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Stand at attention with your right hand over your heart and your hat removed. #3. Display your flag between sunrise and sunset, unless illuminated by a spotlight. #4. When displaying the flag indoors, always position it to the right of a speaker or staging area. #5 To place a flag at half-staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant before lowering it to a halfway position.

Famous Flag People:

Betsy Ross was a seamstress who made clothes for George Washington. In June, 1776, Washington approached her to make the country’s first flag and the rest is history.

Francis Scott Key Inspired by the British bombardment fo Fort McHenry, He penned the lyrics to our national anthem as he witnessed the event as British rockets whizzed in the air while our American Flag flew in the breeze.

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