This Veterans Day, everyone is a partner in veteran suicide prevention
Originally known as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I on November 11, 1918, Veterans Day was established on June 1, 1954, and replaced the word Armistice with Veterans. (Jena Ardell/Getty Images)
Friday, November 11, is Veterans Day — a significant national holiday dedicated to honoring and showing appreciation for all military Veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Originally known as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I on November 11, 1918, Veterans Day was established on June 1, 1954, and replaced the word Armistice with Veterans. President Dwight D. Eisenhower stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all Veterans, all Veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.”
On this day, Americans come together to pay tribute to the men and women who have selflessly defended our nation. Parades, ceremonies, and events take place across the country to honor Veterans, including right here in Indiana. It is a time to recognize the sacrifices, courage and dedication of those who have served, whether in times of war or peace.
In Indiana, Gov. Eric J. Holcomb, took up the call to join the Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families. This follows those words from President Eisenhower over sixty-nine years ago of a “common purpose.” The Governor’s Challenge is a partnership between Indiana state government, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA), the Indiana National Guard, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), local Indiana communities and numerous non-profit organizations.
With a collective commitment to providing the necessary support and care, progress can be made in preventing veteran suicide and ensuring the well-being of those who have served this country.
Together, our goal is to reduce rates of suicide by understanding the issues surrounding it, increase knowledge about the challenges and lessons learned from the past, and implement promising, best and evidence-based practices to prevent and reduce suicide at the local level.
Just this past month, IDVA launched the initial pilot coalition partnership, with more partnerships to be added over the course of 2024 and beyond. The Governor’s Challenge seeks to raise awareness about the issues Veterans face and the challenges for caregivers and family members. At each touchpoint, the teams are engaging local communities and working to build capabilities and capacity to support Veterans. This includes creating support networks, organizing events, and promoting understanding and inclusion.
It’s important to note that solving the problem of veteran suicide is an ongoing effort that requires dedication, resources, and the cooperation of many stakeholders. With a collective commitment to providing the necessary support and care, progress can be made in preventing veteran suicide and ensuring the well-being of those who have served this country.
Veterans Day holds special importance as it serves as a reminder of the enduring commitment and resilience of those who have served. It is a day to express gratitude, offer support to Veterans, and reflect on the freedoms and security they have helped to protect. Remembering and thanking our Veterans is a way to ensure that their contributions are never forgotten.
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