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VA Entitlements

October 2022

I want to say I had a great time at National Convention in Milwaukee, and it was put out that the new National Commander Vincent J. “Jim” Troiola and the next four National Commanders are promoting the “BE THE ONE” campaign. (Suicide Prevention)

How you can “Be the One”

(Came from the September 2022 American Legion Magazine)

The American Legion’s “Be the One” campaign encourages American Legion Family members, veterans, service members, and others to take action when they believe a veteran is at risk of suicide. The program’s primary goal is to reduce the number of veteran suicides. It will do so by destigmatizing the simple act of asking for mental health support, providing peer-to-peer support and resources in local communities, and educating people on how to “BE THE ONE.”

For Veterans        

  • Talk with fellow veterans about how you’re feeling.
  • Ask for help when you think you need it.
  • Know that millions of people are ready to help you.
  • Remember that your family and friends care.

For non-veterans

  • Ask veterans in your life how they’re doing.
  • Listen when a veteran needs to talk.
  • Reach out when a veteran is struggling.
  • Pledge to “BE the One” at betheone.org by signing up for email updates.

For American Legion posts

  • Educate members on the “BE the One” campaign.
  • Display resources at your post or in your community.
  • Share events or success stories at legiontown.org.

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                                             “BE THE ONE”

                                To recognize the symptoms

                  (Recognize The Signs is from the VA’s Suicide Awareness cards)

The presence of these signs requires immediate attention

  • Thinking about hurting or killing yourself
  • Looking for ways to kill yourself
  • Talking about death, dying, or suicide
  • Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.

Mild signs

  • Hopeless, feeling like there’s no way out
  • Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, mood swing
  • Feeling like there is no reason to live
  • Rage or anger
  • Engaging in risky activities without thinking
  • Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
  • Withdrawing from family and friends

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Resources

If you are a veteran experiencing a crisis, VA has resources available 24/7:

  • Call 988 or 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.
  • Text 838255
  • Visit veteranscrisisline.net

Strategic Partners with Project VetRelief

  • 22 Zero
    (813) 221-6304
  • Veterans Counseling Veterans
    (407) 516-8398
  • First Counseling Veterans
    (407) 468-0004
  • Paint 22
    (727) 490-7338
  • IGY6 Foundation
    (321) 505-9005
  • SOF Missions
    (910) 382-6492
  • K9 Line
    (386) 566-7438
  • The Grey Team
    (561) 203-3815
  • Liberty OVE
    (757) 778-5337
  • Norman Bissel, LMHC
    (614) 259-7414

Vet Centers

If you have served in a combat zone, Vet Centers are in your community to help you and your family with readjusting counseling and outreach services.

  • Clearwater Vet Center
    (727) 549-3600
  • Clermont Center Vet Center
    (352) 536-6701
  • Daytona Beach Vet Center
    (386) 366-6600
  • Fort Lauderdale Vet Center
    (954) 714-2381
  • Fort Myers Vet Center
    (239) 652-1861
  • Gainesville Vet Center
    (352) 331-1401
  • Palm Beach Vet Center
    (561) 422-1201
  • Jacksonville Vet Center
    (904) 399-8351
  • Jupiter Vet Center
    (561) 422-1220
  • Key largo Vet Center
    (305) 451-0164
  • Lakeland Vet Center
    (863) 284-0841
  • Melbourne Vet Center
    (321) 254-3410
  • Miami Vet Center
    (305) 718-3712
  • Naples Vet Center
    (239) 403-2377
  • Pasco County Vet Center
    (727) 372-1854
  • Ocala Vet Center
    (352) 237-1947
  • Orlando Vet Center
    (407) 857-2800
  • Bay County Vet Center
    (850) 522-6102
  • Pensacola Vet Center
    (850) 456-5886
  • Pompano Beach Vet Center
    (954) 984-1669
  • Sarasota Vet Center
    (941) 927-8285
  • Okalossa County Vet Center
    (850) 651-1000
  • St. Petersburg Vet Center
    (727) 549-3633
  • Tallahassee Vet Center
    (850) 942-8810
  • Tampa Vet Center
    (813) 228-2621

If you have any questions you can reach me at (850) 718-7773 or E-mail: gunhunter1966@yahoo.com

Larry Roberts
VA Entitlements Chair
benefits@legionmail.org