“As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation’s wars.”
– John M. McHugh
Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. This Memorial Day, we ask that you join us at 3:00 p.m. for the National Moment of Remembrance, in honor of those lost. The National Moment of Remembrance asks, wherever you are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute.
While many choose to thank the veterans in their life on this day, keep in mind the intended purpose for Memorial Day – to honor those who are no longer with us. This can make for a difficult day for some veterans and their families. This is why we’ve compiled a short list of resources that may be able to help on this day and any day a veteran or their family members may be in need of support.
Veterans Crisis Line: Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or Text 838255. You can also connect to responders online at https://www.veteranscrisisline.net
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA): If you’re a veteran or a veteran family member facing transition-related challenges or have questions, IAVA’s Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP) can help. Whether you’re thinking about school, need help navigating the VA, or are confronting significant challenges like unemployment, homelessness, legal, financial or mental health struggles, we can get you connected to the quality resources you need to get back on your feet and meet your goals. Visit http://iava.org/rrrp-contact-us for more information.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: If you are experiencing mental health challenges, or suspect a family member would benefit from talking to a mental health provider, VA offers ways to help. Veterans and their family members can connect with support through in-person appointments at local VA facilities, telehealth sessions, and online resources. Learn more about how you or someone you care about can find help, either in your local community or online. Visit https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/index.asp for more information.
Make the Connection : Make the Connection is a public awareness campaign by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that provides personal testimonials and resources to help Veterans discover ways to improve their lives. Visit https://maketheconnection.net for more information.