Once a Soldier on Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday comes on November 28, 2017 this year, and this year there’s a new charity to give to called Once a Soldier. Once a Soldier on Giving Tuesday is a great choice because we cut through all the barriers and give directly to where we feel soldier suicide and veteran suicide need the most help: the surviving families.
Once a Soldier also gives back on Giving Tuesday. With every $30 donation, you get an “I Got Their 6” t-shirt. That’s great, but the real reason to give is that, to the best of our knowledge, we are the only charity who is trying to help the families. There are many choices for soldier and veteran suicide if you’re looking to help with PTSD counseling or prevention. We offer those links on our site, but we find ourselves in the aftermath of the dark event helping to pick up the pieces.
Here’s a bit more on the history of Giving Tuesday from their site:
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. We’ve created a directory to help you find organizations, charities, events and more in your own community.
More on their site gave us our campaign for this year, and probably for Giving Tuesday for years to come: #GivingaSilverLiningTuesday
In the dark times that a family finds themselves in after a veteran suicide, your gift, whether on #GivingTuesday or not, help add a silver lining that that dark cloud.
More about Soldier Suicide and Why the Need is So Great
People may think that soldier suicide or veteran suicide is about younger soldiers coming home from Afganistan or Iraq and suffering from PTSD. While there are many vets who fit that description, the majority of veteran or soldier suicides are aged 50+ and have no ties to the Veterans Administration. That means that they don’t have access to the mental health services that can help them start to recover from PTSD or find support groups that can help, or get the medical treatment that may also aid in their return to civilian life.
Further, when they are disconnected to that source, any death benefits also are lost. Sadly, that’s not too much support. An active soldier who commits suicide typically has opted into a life insurance policy with a payout of $150,00 to $400,000. In the best of circumstance, most vets can expect a range of $400-$2,000 in death benefits. Most get something on the lower end of that scale.
So the need to help these vets on #givingtuesday or #givingasilverliningtuesday is intense. Not only are they depressed, unable to get medical or mental health benefits from the government they served to protect, but they are usually living at or above the poverty level. That means that when they commit suicide, financial distress is one of the reasons. And who’s left to deal with that? The families.
Once a Soldier accepts requests for help as well as seeking out those families that may need our support. Support that comes from your kind generations. So whether you give on November 28th, or right now. our cause is one of the best one if you care about how we treat not only soldier suicides but the families of the vets who have passed.