2021-2022 National Hospital Ambassador
Honor Veterans and Have a Healthy November
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To promote health and save lives, we need to continue to promote cancer screenings and self-exams. Anyone, including men, can be affected by breast cancer. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Of the total breast cancer diagnoses each year, one out of 100 will be men. For more information about breast cancer including prevention and early detection, visit the American Cancer Society website.
National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month
October is also National Depression and Mental Health Screening month. As the busy holiday season approaches, we need to focus on mental health and depression awareness. Veterans are most vulnerable during this time of year. Those without a family may feel lonely. Beginning with a celebration on Veterans Day to demonstrate our appreciation for their service, and continuing with contact through the holidays, we can make that special group of veterans feel loved all year long.
- Make holiday baskets to distribute.
- Host a holiday meal at the Post.
- Send holiday cards to veterans at VA facilities.
Veterans Day November 11, 2021
We are getting in gear to thank our veterans and celebrate them on Veterans Day. Parades and ceremonies will be held at many VA medical centers, clinics and community living centers. Due to COVID restrictions, it may be the first time that veterans will be out and about. Make them feel comfortable and show them that the VFW Auxiliary recognizes them and thanks them for their service and many sacrifices.
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ theme for Veterans Day 2021 is the centennial commemoration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Located at the Arlington National Cemetery, the tomb was initially dedicated by the Army on Armistice Day, November 11, 1921, with the burial of an unknown service member from World War I.
The winner of the VA’s 2021 Veterans Day poster contest and more information about Veterans Day can be found at va.gov/opa/vetsday/.