PSA: Veteran's Crisis Line

 
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Approximately 22 military veterans choose to end their lives each day. Veterans in crisis and their loved ones can call, text, chat to connect with caring VA responders at the free and confidential Veterans Crisis Line.

 

If you are in crisis and need to speak with a crisis responder:

Phone: 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.
Text: 838255
Chat: www.veteranscrisisline.net

 

In addition to the Veterans Crisis Line, VA offers a network of support and mental health resources for all Veterans and their families and friends. Every day, more than 400 VA Suicide Prevention Coordinators and their teams, located at every VA medical center, connect Veterans with care and educate the community about suicide prevention programs and resources.

To learn more about the issue of Veteran suicide as well as VA mental health resources, please visit www.mentalhealth.va.gov, where you’ll find the latest national and state-level research.

Veterans and their loved ones also can visit MakeTheConnection.net to explore information on mental health issues and hear stories from Veterans who have faced challenges like theirs, including posttraumatic stress disorder, substance use problems, transitioning from service, and more.

No matter what you are experiencing, there is support for getting your life back on track.


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UVS at the 22nd NE Winter Sports Clinic for Disabled Veterans

United Veterans Services participated in the 22nd New England Winter Sports Clinic for Disabled Veterans. Here are a few photos taken by Ralph Marche, UVS volunteer at White River Junction, Vermont.

Navy veteran Kenny and his father are able to be back on slopes together with lessons provided by volunteer Ralph Marche. UVS donations to adaptive sports makes these activities possible.

Navy veteran Kenny and his father are able to be back on slopes together with lessons provided by volunteer Ralph Marche. UVS donations to adaptive sports makes these activities possible.

Giving freedom back to Army Veteran John through snowboarding. John has an above knee left leg amputation and utilizes a knee with air pressure shock absorbers. Advances in prosthetic devices has increased the activity levels of our recently injured veterans.

Giving freedom back to Army Veteran John through snowboarding. John has an above knee left leg amputation and utilizes a knee with air pressure shock absorbers. Advances in prosthetic devices has increased the activity levels of our recently injured veterans.


Thank you to Ralph and all the other volunteers and organizations involved in the NE Winter Sports Clinic for Disabled Veterans. Adaptive sports restore connections to community, nature and heathy lifestyles. 

United Veterans Services Funds Basketball Court for Local Prison

The United Veterans Services made a rather unusual donation last June.  Usually, UVS donations are made for educational tools, books, Christmas and other Holiday parties in VA Hospitals, sponsoring the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, etc.
 
This time, a very exciting and novel  suggestion was made by John Holtz for a new basketball court.  John Holtz, is a veteran and the Assistant Warden of the Martin Correctional Institution, which is located in Indiantown, outside of Stuart, Florida.

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