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1) Veterans Day

2)  Prevent/Reach Program

3) Purple Heart Month - August

4)  Infantry News

5)  VA News

6)   DOD ID News

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2020 Veterans Day Events

 

The GVDA is excited to present our Veterans Day Observance Ceremony at The Battery Atlanta on 07 November 2020 at 11:00am.  The 60 minute program will feature a Color Guard, patriotic music, and veteran-themed speakers from around the State of Georgia.  

 

The Observance Ceremony is free and open to the public.  Parking fees in the area of Truist Park and The Battery Atlanta are paid lots with very reasonable pricing programs.  

 

Bring the entire family, grab your camp chairs, and come watch this great event to honor our Nation's Veterans. So, mark your calendars and join us on November 7th!

Send in your videos today!

Join us on our mission to honor Georgia's Veterans!

 

The 39th Annual Georgia Veterans Day Parade will be a virtual event this year to comply with all state and local COVID-19 guidelines.  

 

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to show your community how your support our Nation's Veterans!  Are you a member of a company that employs Veterans?  Do you have Veterans in your organizations or club?  Does your social group want to show your support for Veterans and your community?

 

Then submit your video today!  It's free.  It's easy.  And it helps you get involved in your community and offer your thanks to our Veterans.

 

The 2020 Virtual Veterans Day Parade will be presented at 12:00pm on 

07 November 2020 through multiple online platforms immediately following our Observance Ceremony at The Battery Atlanta. 

 

Awards will be presented this year for:  Most Patriotic, Best Military, Best Veteran, Best Band, Best Marching, Best Non-Veteran, and Best ROTC Unit.  Videos will be used by the judges to determine the winners in each category.  Entries must identify which two categories they wish to be considered for when you submit your video.  

 

Follow the link below to sign up and reserve your place in this year's 2020 Virtual Veterans Day Parade.  Your video does not have to be ready before your sign up, so fill out the form and we will give you information on how to upload your video when it is good to go.  Have fun making these videos and do your absolute best to honor Georgia's Veterans!

Video Submissions

 

            Video #1:

            30 second clip of your entry marching/driving past the camera in parade formation.

             (See image below for camera orientation)                                          

            Video #2 (optional):

            1 minute video about your entry (company, school program, organization)

            Showcase how you honor Veterans or support your community.

 

             How to Enter:                  Sign up here to participate

            

             Deadline:                         Must be uploaded no later than 20 October 2020

Requirements and Guidelines for submitting videos

 

  • All videos will be fully produced by the submitter.  GVDA will not assist in the production or in the completion of any video submission.

  • All videos may be subject to editing for time or content.

  • All videos must be produced in MP4 format.

  • Video cannot contain music that you do not own the rights to.

  • Videos cannot contain the following:

    • Obscene or inappropriate language, images, words, or messages.

    • Political-themed messages to include candidates or political groups.

    • Images or videos that you do not own the rights to.

 

GVDA reserves the right to not show any videos that we feel are inappropriate or not in keeping with the theme of our events or are against the message of the Georgia Veterans Day Association.

 

If you have any questions or require additional information about how to submit the video from your company/school/ROTC/association, please email us at: admin@georgiaveteransday.org.

2) Five Facts About REACH, the VA’s New

Anti-Suicide Effort

By: Tony Lombardo

JULY 14, 2020

 

The White House and the VA launched a new national anti-suicide campaign this month with an emphasis on supporting veterans.

The REACH campaign is part of PREVENTS, the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicides, a three-year effort President Donald Trump created by executive order in March 2019. MOAA supports PREVENTS, and we called it a “much-needed call to action” in testimony delivered in Congress earlier this year.

Here’s what you need to know about the new campaign:

1. What is REACH? It’s both an awareness campaign and a call to action – and not just for veterans. VA states the mission is “to educate all Americans that suicide is preventable and to encourage them to REACH to those in need to provide hope. It also encourages people who are hurting to REACH to find help.”

2. Who is leading the charge? The president’s executive order created the PREVENTS Task Force, which includes leadership from VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. Its lead ambassador is Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence and mother of a Marine Corps officer.

We owe it to [veterans] and all Americans to play a critical role in preventing suicide,” Pence said in a PREVENTS webinar July 8.  “We’re facing an epidemic of suicide right now.”

[MOAA INTERVIEW: Second Lady Karen Pence on Helping Military Spouses Succeed]

3. What do the numbers say? Despite years of suicide prevention efforts across DoD, the data reveal a sustained challenge that needs more research and new solutions. REACH shares the following stats on its website:

  • On average, 132 Americans die by suicide each day, accounting for 47,173 suicide deaths in 2017.
  • The number of veteran suicides exceeded 6,000 each year from 2008-2017.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among all ages and the second leading cause of death among those ages 10-34 in the United States.

4. Has COVID-19 affected efforts? If anything, the campaign is well-timed. A PREVENTS Roadmap summary released in June notes, “The long-term psychological stress resulting from the pandemic and the massive disruption to our mental health delivery system threatened the mental health of those already vulnerable and increased the likelihood that many more Americans would suffer — resulting in a possible increase in deaths by suicide.”

5. How can you get involved? Visit the REACH website, wearewithinreach.net. There you can sign up for campaign updates. You’re encouraged to use the hashtag #REACHnow to “tell your network, it’s time to REACH to prevent suicide.”

If you are struggling, or you are concerned about someone you know, please REACH out and call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (press 1 ), or chat online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/.

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3)  As we begin the month of August, it is our great pleasure to welcome you to

Purple Heart Month!

This month is dedicated to paying our respects to all the brave men and women wounded or killed in combat. The official Purple Heart Day is observed on the 7th day of August each year, commemorating the historic day in 1782 that General George Washington, Commander-In-Chief of the Continental Army, commissioned the first Purple Heart Medal, originally called the Badge of Military Merit.

The Badge of Military Merit is a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk bound with a thin edge of silver with the word merit embroidered in silver across the face. Only 3 Badges of Military Merit were awarded. The Badge of Military Merit was redesigned and re-commissioned in 1932 by General Douglas McArthur in honor of George Washington’s bicentennial birthday. Now known as the Purple Heart Medal – it is the oldest military award, first being awarded to soldiers in World War I and still given to soldiers today.

A presidential order signed in 1942 permitted the Purple Heart Medal to be awarded to all branches of the military including the U.S. Coast Guard. It was World War II, when the qualification to receive the Purple Heart Medal changed to honor those who were wounded or killed in combat – that is why it’s recipients often call it “the medal that nobody wants”. It is unknown how many soldiers actually received it. However, we know that the soldiers listed below are some of the most awarded Purple Heart Recipients in history:

Robert T. Frederick, U.S. Army: World War II (8)

David H. Hackworth, U.S. Army: Korean War (3), Vietnam War (5)

Joe Hooper, U.S. Army, Medal of Honor: Vietnam War (8)

Robert L. Howard, U.S. Army, Medal of Honor: Vietnam War (8)

William Waugh, U.S. Army: Vietnam War (8)

It took the Purple Heart medal many years to evolve into what it is today.  Today, on the reverse of the medal, “FOR MILITARY MERIT” is inscribed. The medal itself is made of brass with a gold color to it, and also contains a bust of George Washington and his coat of arms. The purple color represents the blood of all those who have made sacrifices in war, but traditionally it represent the courage of those who serve. The original color of the medal George Washington created was purple, so it was only fitting that it would be used to honor his memory in the new medal.

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tony Lombardo

Lombardo spent 15 years working in journalism, most recently as the executive editor of Military Times. As director of audience engagement, he oversees online and print content teams for MOAA’s Communications Department. Follow him on Twitter.

 

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GVDA Press Release

Dear Veterans and GVDA Supporters - 

 

I wanted to take this opportunity to update everyone on this year’s Veterans Day events and to address our operations during these challenging times.

 

Like many of you, we have had to adjust our plans due to the effects of COVID-19 and the safety guidelines put in place to mitigate the risk of exposure.  After careful consideration and after reviewing input from members of our Veterans community, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 events (Veterans Day Parade, Veterans Festival, and the Freedom Ball) and replace them with a series of virtual experiences and smaller observance ceremonies.

 

The Official Theme for 2020 will honor the United States Army Infantry.  However, due to our modified event platform this year, we will continue that theme into 2021.  In continuous service since 1775, I think the accomplishments of the Infantry are worthy of two years of recognition.

 

The mission of the Georgia Veterans Day Association remains honoring all of our Veterans and educating the general public on the service and sacrifice of those who have worn our Nation’s uniform.  The change to this year’s schedule will allow us to accomplish our mission, while also ensuring the safety of our team, families, and all of our supporters. 

 

This year, we will be presenting a Veterans Day Observance Ceremony on 07 November 2020 that will recognize our Veterans and their service to our Nation.  We will release additional details of this observance in the coming weeks.

 

The GVDA will also be hosting a series of virtual events that will further honor and engage our Veterans and our supporters.  Two virtual events planned so far include a Veterans Day Parade featuring participant videos and a Veterans Festival showcasing military programs from community partners.  More activities are planned, and I encourage everyone to support and participate in these great events.

 

Our military men and women have always risen to any challenge placed before them.  As Veterans, family members and supporters, we must use that same drive and determination to ensure that our 2020 events are successful and reflect our appreciation to those who have served.

 

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact me direct at kmiller@georgiaveteransday.org.

 

Thank you for your continued support of the GVDA and all of Georgia’s Veterans.  

 

Respectfully,

 

Kevin L Miller

President

Georgia Veterans Day Association, Inc.

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