Would you save a life with just a few words if you could? Soldier ON will be holding its first annual ‘Alive Day’ on December 30th. The purpose of Alive Day is to tell the veteran(s) in your life how glad you are they are alive and how much they are valued and appreciated.
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.
Soldier ON is pleased to announce the first annual Alive Day to be held on December 30, 2016. The purpose of Alive Day is to spur people who have veterans in their lives to tell a veteran that they are glad they are alive. We want you to tell a veteran you know that you are happy that they lived another day — that they came home.
Millions of people are alive today because their special veteran lived. There are millions of people whose lives are forever changed because their father … their mother … brother … sister … uncle … son … daughter … best friend … co-worker made it back.
“You better believe I’m glad my son-in-law is alive”, Angie Pratt said. “Emmy is my first grandson. He is here today because his father, Staff Sargent Theron Lindenmuth (USMC), didn’t die on November 24th 2013. He lived another day. Yes … I’m glad he is alive.”
The problem of course is that many veterans come home changed forever. They are not the same person who left home to defend our country. This is true for Soldier ON’s veterans and the 14,000 other veterans in Northwest Arkansas that suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
The holidays are hard on people … veterans. Many servicemen and women struggle with survivors guilt, as well as physical and mental manifestations after their time in the military. Suicide rates distinctly increase in the months of November and December. We hear from many Veterans that it seems like “nobody cares.” Help us show them otherwise. Our PTSD veterans are particularly at risk. If you could take a second and prevent a suicide … wouldn’t you? Wouldn’t you want to take a moment to tell that veteran you care?
Join Soldier ON today and on December 30th and tell your veteran that you’re glad they are alive. Wish them Happy Alive Day. Don’t let another year go by – do it in 2016. Don’t let another day go by.
Post your Alive Day message on our wall. Include a name and a picture of the Veteran you are thanking, or leave it anonymous. Let as many Veterans that you you want know that their heartbeat matters.