2019-2020 National Hospital Ambassador
We’re two months into the Program Year and it’s time to put our Hospital Program plans into action! In addition to regularly scheduled volunteer opportunities, consider doing something for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Patriot Day and POW/MIA Recognition Day.
Entire Month of September: Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
- Remember to wear the blue teardrop. You can download the template from the National VFW Auxiliary website.When someone asks about it, explain our concern about the number of veteran and military suicides. It’s an easy way to bring veteran and military suicide awareness into our communities.
- Have information about the Veterans Crisis Line available to give out; cards are available to download online.
- Contact your local VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator about a training session to recognize telltale signs. Even one suicide is too many.
- Gather your educational materials to disperse at your workshops, meetings, etc. Visit the following websites for resources:
- Veterans Crisis Line: veteranscrisisline.net; 1.800.273.8255, Press 1.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org; 1.800.273.8255.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http;//www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/index.html.
- National Institute of Mental Health: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml.
September 11: Patriot Day
- Please take time to visit a medical facility and pass out American flags. By including those who are at a medical facility, you give them the chance to participate in the day’s commemorations and show their American pride.
- If you’re having a ceremony at your Post Home, check to see if there are any patients who could be transported to attend.
September 20: POW/MIA Recognition Day
- Contact a facility and schedule a POW/MIA Ceremony. Invite ALL veterans, members, and the public. If you’re unable to schedule the ceremony, consider visiting a facility and passing out POW/MIA and American flags.
- If you know of any former POWs in the hospital or nursing home, be sure to recognize them and their sacrifice.
I want to thank everyone for all you’re doing for our hospitalized veterans. I look forward to reading about the wonderful things you are doing in your Departments to brighten their days! Please report all hours volunteered at any medical facility to your Auxiliary Hospital Chairman.