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Taking a Step to Reduce Military Suicide

Updated: Sep 21

Each day, 22 Veterans lose their lives to suicide after their battle with post-traumatic stress.





 

Each day, 22 veterans lose their lives to suicide after their battle with post-traumatic stress. The sacrifice that Veterans make does not end with the completion of their service, they make sacrifices everyday afterwards for this country and are at a 50% higher risk of suicide than those who have not served. This is a startling reality that unfortunately does not receive the awareness it deserves at the civilian or government level.


The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation has made it one of its missions to raise awareness for Military Suicide Prevention and support Veterans as they transition out of their military roles and return to civilian society.


The foundation calls on American citizens to provide support for Veterans and advocate for them, especially in spaces where their voices are rarely heard and listened to.


On September 17th and September 18th, the Foundation took another step with Walk4Valor and Run4Life events in Southold and Wading River, Long Island to honor our fallen.


To date, Walk4Valor and Run4Life events have raised over $35,000 for scholarships since the idea was conceived in 2020. Both fundraisers support the education of military children, Veterans, and active service members with funding from the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation Scholarship Fund. Donations are still needed to help meet the goal for 2022. Donations can be made at https://www.actofvaloraward.org/donate


This year, The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation has partnered with Mission Roll Call, a national nonpartisan movement providing Veterans a powerful, unified voice that is heard by our nation’s leaders and communities and aims to prevent Veteran suicide by advocating for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make veteran suicide a top priority. Cole Lyle, the executive director of Mission Roll Call and US Marine Corps and Afghanistan Veteran, had post-traumatic stress and turned to helping others to alleviate his struggles. Mission Roll Call is working closely with the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation to raise needed awareness of Military Suicide Prevention and providing advocacy for underserved Veteran populations.


Please join us as we walk and run to raise awareness for Military Suicide Prevention. To learn more about how you can lend your support, please visit:

https://www.actofvaloraward.org/walk4valor


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