The number of veteran suicides continue to rise world-wide. In company with HUMANA, State Commander Michael Hoag is partnering with this well-known veteran supporter to reinvigorate the Department of NY Veterans of Foreign Wars STOP 22 Initiative first organized in 2018.
Posts and Auxiliaries are asked to work locally to organize a Stop 22 Walk/Run or other event in support of this project to bring community awareness to Veteran Suicide. Details are explained in the enclosed flyer.
Stop 22 is a partners/zip initiative between the Department of NY Veterans of Foreign Wars and one of the nations leading health and well-being companies HUMANA to increase awareness of Veterans committing suicide - 22 each Day
On Saturday, October 9, 2021 at the Dept of NY Fall
Conference and at every Post in the Department and throughout the month of October, VF1V and Auxiliary members will take the opportunity for a 22 minute walk/run to increase public awareness on veteran suicide. HUMANA will donate $1,500 as a sponsorship donation to the project.
Each Post which desires to participate will register participants on the attached sheet and collect $1. 00 per participant, a portion of which will go to the Commander's Homeless Veterans Special Project in support of Homeless Veterans to assist in PTSD/Suicide Prevention and Awareness and a monetary award to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Post with the most participants who conduct a Stop 22 walk or run on the same day.
500.00 1st Place
250.00 2nd Place
100.00 3rd Place
Registration sheet and photographs must he submitted to Dept HQ by November 16, 2021 to be considered in the contest. Each post at the Fall Conference will be considered an individual entrant so bring as many members as you like to boost your Posts chances of winning and increasing the numbers in support of suicide awareness. Participants in the walk will need NOT be VFW or Auxiliary MEMBERS - the public is invited to participate!