We all can take simple actions to help prevent suicide among Veterans and Servicemembers. Just being there for someone going through a difficult time can make a big difference.
Be There: Help Save a Life
Veterans and Servicemembers may navigate many transitions — such as sending a child off to college, retiring, or losing a loved one. Sometimes these challenges contribute to feelings of hopelessness or even thoughts of suicide. That’s when the support of family and friends is crucial.
The new “Bittersweet” public service announcement (PSA) from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) uses stories of these transitions to show the importance of support from family members and friends at challenging times. Genuine acts of kindness can help someone feel included and less alone — and sometimes they are an important step in helping someone at risk for suicide connect with support.
Please watch and share “Bittersweet” to show people how even small, simple actions can make a difference to someone going through a difficult time. Visit VeteransCrisisLine.net to learn about how you can be there for the Veterans and Servicemembers in your life. Together, we’ve got this.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office for Suicide Prevention “Bittersweet” PSA Partner Newsletter Article
Membership Moments is a new collection of six fun video clips produced by the National American Legion Press Association (NALPA) that illustrate some of the pitfalls and best practices when engaging eligible members, welcoming new members and retaining long-time members. The Membership Moments video collection is now available on Vimeo.com for viewing. Share these videos on social media, post websites or download and play them at meetings.
The Membership Moments are short well-done videos featuring young veterans in some role playing of the do's and don'ts in key membership interactions. It is clear the Legionnaires of Hollywood Post 43, who are featured in these NALPA videos, know how to do videos. Well done NALPA and Post 43!
You can find all the Membership Moments videos on the Vimeo web site @ Membership Moments.