Happy August everyone, hope you enjoyed this past week's reprieve from the brutal heat. It's time again for our charity of the month.
This month's charity is Stop Soldier Suicide in Durham, NC. Here's a little about the organization.
The military suicide rate is 50% higher than the national average.
"After losing friends and fellow service members to suicide, Army veterans, Brian Kinsella, Nick Black, and Craig Gridelli were determined to create a solution for their fellow veterans who were struggling. For them, military suicide isn’t just a problem. It’s personal. It was clear that something had to be done - proactively - to get their brothers and sisters in arms the help they needed and reduce the number of service members and veterans lost to suicide.
Through their experiences, they realized that the key to preventing suicide is to identify, understand, and address the underlying issues — things like financial strain, post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues, and difficulties navigating the transition from military to civilian — BEFORE they escalate to a point of crisis.
The problem is clear: The systems in place aren’t working. Getting help isn’t as easy as it should be — and trying to navigate a complicated maze of organizations and resources can be overwhelming when you’re in crisis.
Stop Soldier Suicide was built to change that.
At Stop Soldier Suicide, we believe that no one who has served our country should ever feel alone.We serve all service members, veterans, and military families from every branch and every generation, regardless of discharge status.
As a veteran-founded-and-led organization, we know firsthand that when a loved one serves, the entire family does too. Stop Soldier Suicide is proud to serve every member of the military and veteran communities.
Whether you or your loved one are currently serving (active duty, reserves, or guard) or have transitioned out of the military, the Stop Soldier Suicide team stands ready to help you navigate your unique challenges."
Please head over to their webpage stopsoldiersuicide.org and discover the many ways you can help this very important organization. Thanks!