As November unfolds, it holds a special place in our hearts here at NCHP as Veterans and Military Family Month.
This month goes beyond Veterans Day on November 11. Every year, the President proclaims November as National Veterans and Military Family Month, emphasizing the importance of supporting those who have served and their families. In the short video we posted on YouTube, which you can watch below, we'll highlight a few simple yet impactful ways you can make a difference in the lives of veterans and military families.
1. Reach Out: A heartfelt card, a text, or a call can mean the world to a veteran or military family member. Take a moment to connect and express your gratitude for their service.
2. Volunteer: Consider volunteering for organizations dedicated to supporting veterans and military families. Your time and skills can make a significant impact on their lives.
3. Donate: Contributions to organizations like NCHP play a crucial role in providing assistance and resources to those in need. Every donation, big or small, helps make a difference.
4. Learn and Educate: Take a training program to understand the signs of mental health concerns or suicidal thoughts. Your knowledge can be a lifeline for someone in crisis. You can view the free trainings being offered right now on our website.
It's essential to recognize the challenges military families face. With frequent relocations, limited time in one place, and the transition from military to civilian life, they may experience isolation and stress.
About 17 veterans die by suicide every day.
Veterans aged 18-34 are at the highest risk of suicide.
Military suicides increased by 25% in the first quarter of 2023.
As a military spouse, I can attest that the built-in community support while in the military doesn't always translate into lasting connections. Military families may struggle with employment, education, and a sense of identity post-military service.
How You Can Help:
Be a Lifeline: If you know someone undergoing the shift from military to civilian life, reach out. You might be their longest-standing connection.
Call 911 for immediate danger.
Suicide Hotline: 988 (press 1 for military-specific assistance).
Military OneSource for counseling and events.
For personalized assistance, NCHP is here for you. Our suicide prevention and housing programs aim to support veterans in Southern Arizona. Whether it's mental health, homelessness, or other concerns, we're committed to walking alongside you.
Contact Us: Visit www.NCHPonline.org or call us at 520-795-9756.
In closing, let's remember that supporting veterans and military families goes beyond a month; it's a year-round commitment. Thank you for watching, and let's make a difference together.