Georgia Council of MOAA
Georgia Council of MOAA Georgia Council of MOAA
Georgia Council of MOAA

Georgia Council of MOAA




Georgia Council of MOAA
 
Georgia Council of MOAA
 
Site Navigation: Expand

>  Home Page
>  About Us

>  Legislation

>  Conference

>  Contacts

>  Join

Veterans News

Veterans News

1)  Prevent/Reach Program

 2)  Purple Heart Month - August

 3)  Infantry News

 4)  VA News

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Anti-Suicide Effort

By: Tony Lombardo

JULY 14, 2020

Five Facts About REACH, the VA’s New Anti-Suicide Effort

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/.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2)  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.

 

 

Stay Informed

It’s more important than ever to make sure you’re in the know and your military benefits are protected.

 

JOIN NOWCORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

NEWS FOR YOU

ADVOCACY

Veterans Community Unites Around NDAA Amendment to Cover Additional Agent Orange Presumptives

JUL 15, 2020

Ask your lawmakers to support much-needed relief for Vietnam veterans facing these life-threatening conditions.

READ MORE

HEALTH CARE

TRICARE Select Enrollment Fees: What You Need to Know, and What You’ll Need to Do

JUL 15, 2020

MOAA is working to ensure beneficiaries don’t see a lapse in coverage.

READ MORE

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.

 

 

 

 

3)

 

The most important piece of equipment that the Infantry soldier carries into battle is their individual rifle.  Through the years, the design, caliber, tactics, and materials of the rifle may change, but not the individual carrying it.  The Infantry is called upon to close with the enemy and then hold the ground.  From the first muskets to the current M4A1 carbine, the rifle is the tool of the Infantryman.

Our events take place on:

07 November 2020

 

Visit us online  

 

--------------------------------------------------------

Georgia Council of MOAA
US Department of Veterans Affairs
facebooktwitterinstagramyoutubeRPPodcastblogwebsitecontact us
 

#VetResources - for Veterans, their Families, Caregivers and Survivors
SIGN UP | VIEW/SHARE 
VA coronavirus 
updates | chatbot | app | weekly report

VA Podcast: Marine Alex Calfree, co-founder of OpLign, connects Veterans to employers
VNNChow Chat: What's your favorite MRE?
Instagram: VA employee retires, begins volunteering next day at Vet Center

va mobile app rx refill

Rx Refills During the Pandemic

  1. Online with MyHealtheVet 
  2. The NEW Rx Refill Mobile App 
  3. Call your local VA Pharmacy number on the prescription label
  4. By mail: VA Refill Form

LEARN MORE

PREVENTS

Q&A with Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen to discuss how together, we will prevent suicide for Service members and Veterans. 

ASK A QUESTION NOW


VA Improves and Expands Caregiver Program


Largest Employers of Veterans in Your State

state largest employers

State representatives shared the largest employers of Veterans in their states. 

FIND YOUR STATE


VA Launches New Virtual Check-In Feature


Remembering 9/11 with Carry the Load

danny interview carry the load

32 year Army Veteran and former VA employee Danny Pummill, shares his story of being at the Pentagon September 11, 2001. 

The video is featured on Carry the Load's Lessons From the Front. 

WATCH THE VIDEO


Vietnam Veterans discuss managing PTSD


Healthy Plate Method: All About Fats

fresh

The fourth episode of VA's Fresh Focus podcast series is focused on fats. Learn healthy tips on adding good fat from whole foods to your plate for energy and nutrition!

LISTEN NOW 


Follow VA Careers on LinkedIn for info on VA's culture, job security and benefits.


How VA helps Veteran Business Owners

veteran business

VA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is working diligently to ensure small, Veteran-owned businesses maintain the resources needed to keep their businesses afloat during these unprecedented times, with more than $8 billion awarded to date for fiscal 2020.

LEARN MORE


COVID-19 Maker Challenge


Conquering Veteran Cancer, Together

va teleoncology

VA's Dr. Richard Stone discusses Veteran cancer care, stories of Veteran cancer survivors, how TeleOncology visits work and partnerships to continuously improve care.  

 

WATCH


Discuss how Veterans can help prevent Veteran suicide on RallyPoint


Marine Alex Calfee Connects Veterans to Employers online

btb alex calfree oplign

This week's episode of Borne the Battle features Marine Corps Veteran Alex Calfree, the co-founder of OpLign, a website that uses artificial intelligence instead of keyword searches to connect Veterans to employers.

LEARN MORE

LISTEN


National Resource Directory

VAntage Point

VA News Releases

VA Welcome Kit

Find a VA Facility near you.

 FACILITY LOCATOR

Not sure where to start?

 VA WELCOME KIT

 


No Veteran Should Be Without a Place to Call Home

Free Help for Homeless Veterans Dial 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) for 24/7 access to VA services for homeless and at-risk Veterans

Homeless Veteran Chat Confidential, 24/7 online support for homeless Veterans and friends

https://www.va.gov/homeless for more information


Are You a Veteran in Crisis or Concerned About One? 

Did you know that VA offers same day services in Primary Care and Mental Health at 172 VA Medical Centers across the country? Make the Connection Resource Locator

Contact the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and press 1, Chat, or Text 838255.)


Want to receive this newsletter or other VA updates?

sign up for more topics of interest
 
Georgia Council of MOAA
Georgia Council of MOAA
Georgia Council of MOAA

· Copyright ©2020 Georgia Council of MOAA Atlanta GA 94945 ·
· Contact Georgia Council of MOAA · Editorial and Privacy Policies · Webmaster · Browser and Email Settings ·
SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS