(Wyoming) - Today, May 22nd is Buddy Check 22
day. The 22nd of every
month is a chance for friends, families and neighbors to check on a veteran
they know. The goal of "Buddy Check 22" day is to put an end to the fact
that *22 veterans a day commit suicide*.
There are many ways to do a 'buddy check.' Make a phone call. Send a text.
Connect on facebook. A few months a go, the New York Times
a former Army sergeant Michael Davis who checked in on facebook with the
status, "Buddy check on 22! Where are my warriors?!" and the response was
overwhelming. Read more about it here
Locally, Jen and Charlie Wilson, founders of the Soldiers House
Riverton recognize the importance of *relationship* for veterans
transitioning back home from the military. They told Pitchengine
Communities that "Buddy Check is an important way of connecting. In
addition to trauma, it is also the isolation and disconnection a veteran
experiences after such an intense and prolonged deployment."
The Wilsons said Buddy Check and Mission22 have
brought much needed attention to the tragedy of veteran suicide. "It
appears that many of the suicides are older veterans who have suffered
decades of isolation and neglect. There is concern that this already
startling number, 22 veterans a day, is artificially low because accurate
data is not available for several states with high veteran populations,
such as Texas and California."
The Soldiers House exists to foster relationships between veterans and our
community. "We encourage everyone to reach out and make an effort to touch
base with our Wyoming veterans," they said. #WyomingSoldierStrong!
You can reach Charlie and Jen at the Soldier's House at 307-856-1244, email
firstname.lastname@example.org, or connect with us on facebook
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