Statement from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald on Oscar Win for HBO Documentary Highlighting Life-Saving Work of Veterans Crisis Line
Washington – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald issued the following statement on the Oscar win for the HBO documentary CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1.
“We are pleased that this film has highlighted the challenges our Veterans can face and the work of our dedicated Veterans Crisis Line staff to save lives and get Veterans into care,” said VA Secretary Robert McDonald. “We are hopeful that this documentary will help raise awareness of this important issue with the American public. Our Veterans in crisis need to know that there is hope and asking for help makes them stronger.”
This 21st Century digital miracle is the key to diversion from Mission Fatigue. Entertainment, for an hour or two, provided by a DVD is frequently the only diversion for weeks at a time. Quality, safe entertainment is difficult at best for our U.S. Armed Forces serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even traditional activities such as baseball and softball games are at a high risk because of IEDs, snipers, mines, bombs and other terrorist activities. AMVETS Task Force DVD is an appeal to Patriotic Americans to donate their new and used DVDs which will then be shipped to our fighting men and women overseas.
Troops Request Your DVDs – Hit this link (firstname.lastname@example.org) and provide your “complete” military mailing address, name, APO, etc.
Thanks for your dedication and sacrifice. On behalf of all American veterans and a grateful nation!
AMVETS Task Force DVD facts:
- DVDs will be available at all bases in Iraq and Afghanistan for the entertainments of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines.
- Our goal is one million+ new and used DVDs donated by the American Public.
- Most bases have a reinforced recreation room equipped with a Television and DVD player. Similar facilities exist on ships. Many Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines have portable DVD players.
- The project is to ultimately have hundreds of titles in rotation at each base. This may be the only quality safe entertainment some will have on their tour of duty.
- “Children Titles” donated will be distributed to Servicemen and Women’s families (Stateside) through the Family Readiness Group(s) of the National Guard.To involve your agency, club, organization or business in collecting DVDs please call Toll Free 1–877-726‑8387 ext. 4031 AMVETS National Programs Department. Cash donations may also be made to handle the costs associated with collection boxes and mailing. $5.00 will mail a package of 35 DVDs to a Serviceman or Servicewoman. Over $60,000 to date has been spent in providing this much needed service. If you wish to make a donation to help defray the cost of postage, please send to: AMVETS Task Force DVD, 4647 Forbes Blvd., Lanham, MD 20706 Dear AMVETS,I really like what your organization does and I will definitely be looking for a post to donate DVDs and CDs to when I return home. Thank you for the generous gift and for making the effort to send the packages.
- Sincerely, Pascual “TATU” Zamudio, Capt, USAF
- Thank you so much for sending so many DVDs and CDs. I put them in our Ready Room and they take up a whole shelf. I told everyone that they were from AMVETS and how you met Shannon. The entire squadron is thankful. We have already watched a bunch of movies that you have sent during our off time.
- Letter from the front:
- Help us provide quality safe entertainment for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and those who may be injured and recuperating at bases in the U.S. and Europe To donate, please send your new or good quality used DVDs to: AMVETS Task Force DVD 1395 E. Dublin Granville Road #222 Columbus, OH 43229