One month ago, we assembled together at the University of Southern Maine to discuss the issue of veteran suicide. In your registration packet, you received a commitment card asking one single question: What’s Your Commitment to #BeThere For Our Veterans?
At the close of the symposium, we received commitments from federal and state agencies, statewide veterans organizations, professionals in the mental health field, and members of the public who are concerned about our veteran community.
As hosts, we are immensely grateful for the level of commitment we received from those who came, from those who watched via Facebook Live, and from those who could not attend due to unforeseen circumstances. To view a list of the commitments made, please visit the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services’ Symposium Debrief page. We plan to prepare a progress report later this year concerning the development of these commitments.
If you did not provide us with a commitment card before leaving the symposium, please know that it is nevertoo late! Make a commitment to #BeThere for our veter ans, by emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org. These commitments can be as simple as adding the Veterans Crisis Line phone number to your email signature block!
We look forward to continuing the conversation on how to make our commitments actionable, so we may continue to be there for our veterans.
Adria Horn, Director, Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services
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