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YOU can help local veterans today by being part of #GiveVets22

It's staggering. Every day in our country, about 20 veterans die by suicide.

#GiveVets22 is a social movement to raise awareness of veteran suicide, a crisis in communities across America. In Ohio and Kentucky, the veteran suicide rate is nearly double the national suicide rate for non-veterans.

Here in Greater Cincinnati, thousands former service members struggle with unemployment, homelessness, addiction, and disabling injuries. Through #GiveVets22, you can make a positive impact in these veterans’ lives.

Easterseals Military and Veteran Services is working to create stronger community connections and more opportunities for veterans to thrive in Greater Cincinnati. Our staff is ready to respond with non-medical emergency resources, employment readiness, and educational support and retraining.

We provide assistance to any former service member – regardless of their discharge status. In the past year, we’ve experienced a 300% increase in demand for our services.

Your support of Easterseals #GiveVets22 provides the resources to ensure that no veteran seeking help is left behind.

 
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The personal stories are devastating. But, there is hope. We can join together to help veterans feel connected.

Zach's Story

It's easy to get involved. Here's how: 


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1: Accept the Challenge

Your gift of $22 or more directly supports former service members in our community.

Join Easterseals Military and Veteran Services in reconnecting veterans in their time of need. Your gift can provide a week of transportation, a day of food for a family until the next paycheck, an ounce of hope.

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2: Record Your Video

Record a video sharing your support of veterans.

In your video, peerform an activity or challenging task 22 times or for 22 seconds.  

Tell your audience that you support #GiveVets22, leave no veteran behind!

Be creative, be visual, and be safe!

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3: Share It and Tag Us

Post your video to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Tag Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati (@EastersealsGC) and #GiveVets22.

Challenge your social media  followers to get involved at GiveVets22.org.


 
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Thank you to these #GiveVets22 Community Partners for supporting local vets in need.

 Trek Bicycles Stores Cincinnati  Wyoming Ohio Cycling Foundation  Queen City Medical Weight Loss
 Towne Taxi  Mount Saint Joseph University  NextStep Networking Logo
 PNC logo small  Indiana Wesleyan University logo  Premier Physical Therapy logo
 New Horizons Learning Center logo  Building Value logo small  Premier Shooting and Training logo

To become a #GiveVets22 Community Partner, contact Lauran McHaffie at 513-386-6811 or lmchaffie@eastersealsgc.org.

The veteran suicide rate in Ohio and Kentucky is nearly double the national suicide rate for non-veterans.

Veteran Suicide: A National Health Crisis

What comes to mind when you think of America’s veterans? It might be images of national holidays, parades decked out in red, white, and blue, or joyful reunions as families welcome home loved ones from their time away in service to our country.

But what happens when those celebrations are over? For too many veterans, the somber reality reveals a national health crisis. About 20 veterans die byt suicide every day in America.

Male veterans aged 18 – 34 experienced the highest rate of suicide, a figure that has been steadily rising. According to VA National Suicide Data Report, the suicide rate in this demographic spiked more than 10 percent from 2015 to 2016 – the most recent data available.

Among women, the suicide rate of female veterans is 1.8 times higher compared to non-veteran women.

While there is no single cause of suicide, there are protective factors that can help offset the risk for veterans: 

The US Department of Veterans Affairs National Strategy for Preventing Veteran Suicide calls for a comprehensive approach to prevent veteran suicide, and effective networks of support working in a coordinated manner.

Resources like Easterseals Military and Veteran Services are critical to ensuring that veterans maintain their sense of belonging. Your participation in #GiveVets22 shows local veterans that their Greater Cincinnati neighbors care about them and their families – and ensuring they have a promising future ahead of them.

 
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The suicide rate of female veterans is 1.8 times higher than non-veteran women.

The Reality of Veteran Reintegration

Military culture promotes strength and resilience. While these are traditionally positive traits, they can sometimes work against a veteran struggling with reintegration. They might even keep a veteran from asking for help – especially if they are worried about it being viewed as a sign of weakness.

Returning to civilian life can be a tough transition for former service members. The separation from close friendships and bonds formed in the military can lead to feelings of isolation and depression back home. Some veterans find difficulty translating their military experience to a resume and finding work as a civilian. Returning home with a disabling physical injury or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can create additional barriers to reintegration. 

Easterseals Military & Veteran Services creates a space where veterans can receive help while being around other veterans. In fact, the majority of our staff have served in the military themselves.

With a network of more than 200 local resources, Easterseals Military and Veteran Services can help Greater Cincinnati veterans and their families overcome many of the challenges they face. We’ve even become the official United Way of Greater Cincinnati partner for veterans who call the 211 service request line.

 
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Eric and Kelli share their struggle transitioning from military to civilian life in Greater Cincinnati

Easterseals Military and Veteran Services: Solutions that Work for Vets

Whether you are about to return to civilian life and aren’t sure what’s next, or have been out of the military for years and aren’t sure what benefits are available to you, Easterseals Military and Veteran Services can help. We work to eliminate the red tape that stands between veterans and working solutions for their challenges.

With a staff of veterans, the Easterseals team understands and appreciates the challenges former military members can experience in the civilian world. Our support professionals work with each veteran individually to map an action plan specific to their needs – then partners with them in navigating any barriers along the path.

The first step is to connect with our resource navigators. You can reach our staff by calling 513-878-2200, by emailing vetsinfo@eastersealsgc.org, or by calling the United Way service line at 211.

Ways Easterseals Military and Veteran Services can help include:

 
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Additional Resources for Veterans and their Families

If you or someone you know is in crisis, support is available. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 to all at 1-800-273-8255. Veterans, service members, and their families and friends can call the Veterans and Military Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or send a text message to 838255.

Suicide Prevention – a Guide for Veterans and Families

Cincinnati VA Mental Health

VA Suicide Prevention Fact Sheet

VA National Strategy for Preventing Veteran Suicide

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1: Accept the Challenge

Your gift of $22 or more directly supports former service members in our community.

Join Easterseals Military and Veteran Services in reconnecting veterans in their time of need. Your gift can provide a week of transportation, a day of food for a family until the next paycheck, an ounce of hope.

Movie Icon Small

2: Record Your Video

Record a video sharing your support of veterans.

In your video, peerform an activity or challenging task 22 times or for 22 seconds.  

Tell your audience that you support #GiveVets22, leave no veteran behind!

Be creative, be visual, and be safe!

Share Icon Small

3: Share It and Tag Us

Post your video to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Tag Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati (@EastersealsGC) and #GiveVets22.

Challenge your social media  followers to get involved at GiveVets22.org.

 
  Give Now to Support Vets in Need  
 
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