The American Legion’s national online mental health survey

As you are well aware, we are in the midst of a crisis involving the high rate of veteran suicide. The American Legion is focused on understanding the causes and ensuring that effective treatments and resources are available to all veterans.

That is why the Legion is conducting a national online mental health survey, which was launched on May 16, 2019, in an effort to find effective ways to reduce and prevent veteran suicide. Hundreds have responded so far, but many more are needed.

Now, The American Legion needs your help to address this issue. Learn more about why this survey is so important.

We need to understand the causes and ensure that effective treatments and resources are available to all veterans. The American Legion is dedicated to help all veterans suffering from thoughts of suicide regardless of where they live. Traumatic Brain Injury, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are some of the serious issues that this survey can help us better understand.

I implore you to take a few minutes of your time to fill out the mental health survey. All responses are confidential, and no personal information is collected.

This research is critical in our effort to address this crisis and improve mental health treatment for veterans and their caregivers. Our policy and resolutions on these important issues have the power to save the lives of our brothers and sisters. Encourage other post members, veterans, and caregivers in your community to take the survey as well, because the only way forward is together.

Veterans, servicemembers and caregivers can go directly to the online survey here.

Thank you for potentially saving lives and giving this your full support. And remember if you or a loved one are having thoughts of suicide, the VA crisis line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Contact the Veterans Crisis Line at (800) 273-8255 and press 1. Or text 838255.

For God and Country,

Brett Reistad
National Commander

 

American Legion Mental Health Survey. Take It Now.

Military Days – Military Discount Tickets & Offerings – Valleyfair

Valleyfair Military Days:  A Tribute to Our Heroes

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Knowing well the potential dangers in the work, an extraordinary brand of men and women step up to preserve our freedom, a cause greater than self. Valleyfair celebrates America’s best by offering what we do best: a full day of pure AWESOME with thrilling rides, super-fast water slides and ginormous waves, never-ending laughs and memories for a lifetime. During our Military Days, we honor our service members by providing free military tickets and exceptional military discounts.

On July 4-7, we will waive the regular admission fee for active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. What’s more, our special military offers extend beyond service members to their families as well. Up to six immediate family members of military personnel can purchase tickets for only $37 per person. Just bring a valid government-issued ID to receive these tokens of our military appreciation.

To take advantage of this discount, present a valid military ID at the front gate turnstiles. If purchasing additional tickets, stop by any Valleyfair ticket window.

Sincerely,

Yolonda Von Itter
Family Assistance Specialist Contractor

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2019 VA and Community Mental Health Summit

The Minneapolis VA HCS Community Mental Health Summit is focused on mental health awareness and promoting healthy military communities. We will have speakers and discussions regarding strategies and actionable ways we can create supportive, recovery oriented organizations and connections. We welcome veterans, service members, family members, DOD partners, and representatives of local community groups to join us. Located at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

Please join us Monday, August 5, at the University of St. Thomas, in collaboration with the Veterans Resource Center, for this FREE conference.

For more information, please contact Amy Wood at 612-629-7614 or amy.wood1@va.gov

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-va-and-community-mental-health-summit-tickets-63358518033

 

Community Mental Health Summit Editable Flyer

Heinzen-Ditter Celebrates PBYR, Home Depot and Volunteers!

On June 7, 2019,  Jennifer, Dean and I attended a dinner celebration at the VFW regarding individuals and organizations that helped make their recent restroom renovation project a success. The completed project looks great and will help Veterans and their families for many years into the future, especially those with mobility issues due to service injury illnesses and aging.

During the celebration, PBYR  presented a plaque to Commander Jim Heimerl in honor of his lifelong dedication to community service.  His quiet Dignity and Courage is an inspiration to all!

Gary was able to highlight the PBYR-VFW partnership since 2011:

  • The VFW helped with a steering committee for PBYR, even before PBYR was operational
  • The VFW has had continued presence on the PBYR Board since 2012
  • The VFW is the mail address for PBYR
  • The PBYR-VFW have partnered and shared tables at Home Depot Programs and other programs
  • PBYR-VFW Partnered with purchase of American Dream Oak – a living part of the Plymouth Veterans Memorial
  • The VFW  helped PBYR achieve 501(c)3 status
  • PBYR-VFW have partnered  with programs for Memorial Day  and Veterans Day

It was an honor for PBYR to attend the celebratory dinner and participate in this remodeling project.  PBYR looks forward for the PBYR-VFW partnership to continue and grow with the passage of time.  Also, I must note that their prime rib was 12 on a 10 point scale!

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

PBYR presented a plaque to Commander Jim Heimerl in honor of his lifelong dedication to community service.

 

Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is seen as the unofficial start of summer and has become synonymous with trips to the beach and backyard barbecues. Often overlooked is the real reason behind the holiday – honoring the nation’s fallen service members.

With that in mind, here are some interesting facts about Memorial Day:

Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day began as an effort to honor Union soldiers who died during the Civil War.  Union General John A. Logan called for the first nationwide Decoration Day on May 30, 1868, which was marked by decorating the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers and flags. Over time, it became known as Memorial Day. In 1971, federal law changed the observance of the holiday to the last Monday in May and extended the honor to all soldiers who have died in American wars.

Congress passed a law in December of 2000 requiring Americans to pause at 3 p.m.. local time on Memorial Day to remember and honor the fallen.

This is why you should wear a poppy on Memorial Day: Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae, who served as a surgeon for an Allied artillery unit during World War I, spotted the bright red flowers poking through battlefields in France and Flanders in 1915.  That inspired him to write the poem, “In Flanders Field.”  Later that year, Georgia teacher and volunteer war worker, Moina Michael, read the poem and wrote her own, “We Shall Keep the Faith” to urge making the poppy a tribute to those who have died in wartime.

Plymouth Memorial Day Event on May 24

 

The Hamel VFW, the City of Plymouth and PBYR are very pleased with the cooperation from all partnering organizations to make this happen. It is great to see the cooperation displayed in such a quality program!

This year we will have community participation which includes the VFW, Armstrong High School, Wayzata High School, Plymouth Police Explorers, a Military Chaplain and an excellent and highly qualified speaker.  Please try to attend.

Plymouth Lions donate $5,000 to PBYR

In May 2019, The Plymouth Lions donated $5,000 to PBYR.  The Plymouth Lion’s trust and support has been critical to PBYR’s success since 2012.  Clearly, without their support and trust,  PBYR could not have done all the positive and helpful projects to date.  We sincerely thank the Plymouth Lions and appreciate their efforts to help and improve our community.

PBYR’s most recent project was a $10,000 grant to the Heinzen-Ditter VFW that was used to help bring their restrooms up to the American Disability Act (ADA) requirements.  The Veterans that come to the VFW are often elderly and many have disabilities, mobility problems and service related injuries that impact their easy use of the restrooms, hence this project will serve Veterans for many years in the future in a very helpful and positive way. Hug a Plymouth Lion!

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon