Written from American Legion press release
Indianapolis, Indiana – November 2, 2023
As Veterans Day approaches on November 11, a day dedicated to honoring those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military, The American Legion Family organizations are gearing up to host special events nationwide. The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of The American Legion are all set to demonstrate their support at local posts and in their communities. However, you don’t need to be part of the Legion Family to make a meaningful difference in the lives of veterans.
The aim is to encourage as many veterans as possible to participate in these events and take advantage of the special offers at restaurants and stores. Nevertheless, recognizing that not all veterans can easily leave their homes, may feel isolated, or may not be comfortable going out alone, the call is for everyone to make a positive impact.
Support can come in various forms, from a simple phone call or text to delivering a meal or extending an invitation for lunch.
This Veterans Day, The American Legion Family invites you to join their “Be the One” mission, which aims to destigmatize asking for mental health support, provide peer-to-peer assistance and resources, and educate the community on how each individual can “Be the One.”
The initiative has particular significance given the rise in military suicides over the past decade, as revealed by Pentagon data. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2022 National Veteran Suicide Annual Report, suicide is now the second leading cause of death for veterans aged 18 to 44.
So, how can you contribute to this vital mission?
- Ask the veterans in your life how they are doing.
- Be there to listen when a veteran needs someone to talk to.
- Reach out when you suspect a veteran may be struggling.
Veterans in need of immediate help are encouraged to call the Veterans Crisis Line at 988 (press 1), text 838255, or visit the VA crisis line website at www.veteranscrisisline.net.
As 2023-2024 ALA National President Lisa Williamson aptly put it, “Just be the one to save one.”
About Veterans Day: Veterans Day was originally established to commemorate the end of World War I on the 11th day, at the 11th hour, in the 11th month. Since its inception, it has evolved to honor and recognize all veterans.
The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) is a dedicated community of volunteers serving veterans, the military, and their families. ALA members also actively support The American Legion’s mission to enhance the quality of life for our nation’s veterans. Proud sponsors of ALA Girls Nation, National Poppy Day®, and renowned for their advocacy for veterans on Capitol Hill, the ALA’s nearly 550,000 members volunteer millions of hours each year and raise millions of dollars in service to veterans, the military, and their families. Established in 1919, the ALA stands as one of the oldest patriotic membership organizations in the United States. To discover more, volunteer, join, or donate, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.