Military Suicide Awareness Month

Today we have a guest blog post from Doug Karr. Doug Karr is a Navy veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He now collaborates with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance as the Veteran Health Advocate and writer for their Veterans Blog.

Military Suicide Awareness Month Brings Attention to Troubling Facts

In response to the high number of suicides in the military, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Ladies Auxiliary issued a press release setting aside the month of September as Military Suicide Awareness Month. To honor those who died as a result of suicide, to increase awareness, and to encourage prevention, the Ladies Auxiliary also introduced a new teardrop sticker. The auxiliary hopes the sticker will help to spread the word that there are websites and call centers available for those who need to reach out for assistance.

The high suicide rate is being discussed in other venues, as well. Dr. Craig Bryan is a psychologist who worked in Iraq with troops suffering from PTSD and head injuries. He now advises the Air Force and Department of Defense on combat-related stress and resiliency. In a 2010 interview with Terry Gross on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air,” he discussed the alarming rate of suicides among American troops. Statistics released in 2006 showed that the number of soldiers who killed themselves at home and abroad during the first half of that year was almost equal to the number killed in Afghanistan during the same period of time.

According to Dr. Bryan, many service members fear asking for any kind of medical help because of the stigma attached. Seeking help for PTSD (Learn about the PTSD Coach mobile app), or depression is perceived as being even more detrimental to careers and reputations. As a result, soldiers frequently fail to get the care they need until they are seriously troubled or ill. For veterans, there is also the frustration of fighting long-term conditions, such as depression or rare aggressive diseases like mesothelioma cancer that is triggered from asbestos exposure, that stem from the battlefield.

Just as unsettling are statistics showing that three out of every four soldiers who commit suicide have not discussed their problems with professionals. Most of those who seek help want to complete their missions – leaving psychologists in the war zone with difficult decisions concerning the safety of individuals and troops as a whole.

In a step that could be a start in reducing the stigma of mental illness, President Obama announced in July that he will send condolence letters when soldiers abroad commit suicide. He also released a statement saying that “They didn’t die because they are weak, and the fact that they didn’t get the help they needed must change.”

While this is good news, it does not address the soldiers who died in the United States or the veterans who die years after their military service.

The sources below were taken from the Ladies Auxiliary website and are services they wish to share:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
Veteran Combat Call Center (Talk to another combat veteran): 877-927-8387

 

My Soldier Story CONTEST!

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Win a Sterling Silver Military Emblem bracelet of your choice if your story is chosen from the first 30 entries!

Send us a You Tube short video or written paragraph on how your bracelet honors your courageous soldier or service.

The winner’s story will be featured* on our website: www.usmilitarybracelets.com and YouTube*

Second Place Prize: Winner receives 20% off a single item purchase.
Third Place Prize: Free Engraving on your new US Military Bracelet.

For information on how to submit your “My Soldier Story”, view the terms & conditions.

* Submissions may be no longer than 3 minutes for video or 300 words for written submissions.

 

Let Us Serve YOU

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Every military spouse is unique. Whether you’re juggling kids and work, trying to remember where you’ve just moved to, or helping your hero return from duty, this is a special time for you. Its a time that your family will always remember with pride.

US Military Bracelets is helping families stay connected with military bracelets for every member of the family. With personalized engraving options, and exceptional quality, these bracelets are keepsakes that you and your family will always cherish; a reminder of your family bond and the tremendous sacrifice and faith.

US Military Bracelets is a veteran owned company and we have been honored to work with military families all over the world. You have shared your stories with us and it has been our pleasure getting to know you and helping you to give a very special gift that means so much. Please contact us with special requests or for more information about customization options; we look forward to meeting you!

Our entire selection of customized military jewelry is available online. Shop our website, or call us at 1.800.727.9888.

 

Happy 4th of July!

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As Independence Day approaches, our country joins together in thanks for our freedom and our military men and women that risk their lives to keep us safe.

When it comes to honoring your service or the service of your loved one, quality counts. US Military Bracelets creates handsome stainless steel, heirloom-quality pieces accented in real gold or silver with custom engraving options, which means your bracelet will be as special and dignified as your soldier.

For more information on our veteran-owned company, or our custom military bracelets, please visit us on Facebook and let us know how you celebrate Independence Day!

 

Heroes at Home

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This Father’s Day, let’s celebrate the fathers that bear the responsibility of protecting our country, and their families at home. The fathers who lead by example, and never let us down. We thank you, we support you, and we know that it isn’t easy.

US Military Bracelets is proud to help military families honor their soldiers with jewelry that’s as strong as they are. Each link in these bracelets can be personalized with children’s names, service dates, or other meaningful messages. We are committed to helping you commemorate your service to your country, and your loved ones at home.

 

Giving Thanks on Memorial Day

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With Memorial Day right around the corner, we want to thank all of you for the tremendous feedback you’ve been sending to us. As a small business, we have been able to dedicate ourselves to understanding what each customer wants out of their personalized military bracelet. Whether its to commemorate a hero, celebrate their own service, or to honor their family and pride in serving their country, our team has worked hard to support you. It is our honor to work with military families and we look forward to every new project.

Happy Memorial Day everybody!

 

 

Gift for A Hero

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For those of us who have friends or family that have served our country, we know that it can be difficult to find a gift that expresses our pride and gratitude. US Military Bracelets –available in all military branch emblems – are the perfect fit.

Each link of these rugged stainless steel bracelets can be personalized with a message that honors your hero’s military legacy, service, or family.

Our handsome stainless steel bracelets are casual enough for everyday wear and when inscribed with your personalized message, it will instantly become a family heirloom that can be passed down for generations as a symbol of your hero’s honor and courage.

 

“Our grandson loved the Bracelet!”

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“Our grandson loved the Bracelet to be sure. The extra efforts of the mustang photo you were able to get done was well worth the effort you put forth. Plus the Latin words that has a special meaning, up from the ranks, made it even more special.

He wears it with pride not only because we had it made for him, but the quality of the bracelet is a thing of beauty. Thanks again for all the calls back and forth to achieve what I wanted for him…you went beyond the call of duty !”

We Love our Military Moms!

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You don’t miss our HUGE Mothers Day sale! We’re offering 30 PERCENT OFF(!!) all our bracelets so that you can show Mom you love her with a beautiful, meaningful gift this year. The best part? You can personalize these bracelets with a special message. There’s space for everyone’s names or messages. She’ll want to keep this one close to her heart forever.

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Withe free gift wrapping, you’ve got the perfect, custom gift and you won’t have to lift a finger to make Mom smile.

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Osama is DEAD & The Navy Seals Rock!

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When we first heard the big news, it didn’t seem real. Osama bin Laden is dead? Really?!!!

And then a wave of simultaneous happiness and relief.  It’s been so long since these terrorists came to our shores, destroyed our towers, our sense of safety, and took countless American lives. And yet, it doesn’t seem so long ago after all. All of the 9/11 memories come back so quickly. Of course, we can never forget the service of our active duty soldiers and the veterans of these conflicts and we want to say THANK YOU for this accomplishment.

America thanks you. We know that it has not been easy and you have remained in our hearts and prayers, but today we celebrate your heroism and this win! With a special call-out to our Navy Seals, the team that literally took Osama down in his filthy mansion in Pakistan, we raise our glasses to you and wish you a safe return home!