Crisis Hotline for our Veterans

by editor1 on March 6, 2015

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.”

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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 (thilton@amvets.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

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