Be the One to save a life. The American Legion’s top priority is to promote the Be the One program. The program is designed to destigmatize asking for mental health support, provide peer-to-peer support and resources, and educate the public how they can be that one person that saves a life. A few weeks ago, I reported the suicide rate among veterans is 22 veterans a day. The rate of suicide among veterans is 50% higher than non-veteran adults. If you know a veteran that is going through a rough time, do not be afraid to reach out and ask how they are doing. Listen to the veteran’s concerns and above all be understanding and do not criticize or downplay their thoughts. There are several resources available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. One resource is to call 988 and press 1 for help. The veteran, family member or friend can text 838255 or visit the VA crisis Line website. https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ The veteran does not need to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to connect with a mental health provider.
This week, we salute Dan Mees. Dan was in the US Navy from 1965 to 1970. He then transferred to the US Coast guard and served from 1970 to 1995, retiring as a Master Chief Radioman, E9. He served in Vietnam from 1965-1966 on the USS Carpenter, where he was a naval gunner. During that time, the USS Carpenter provided plane guard for the U.S. Army Rangers. Dan is married and has 2 sons. One son, Rob served in the Navy for 3 years. Dan has been a Rosebud County native for most of his life.
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Dr. Irene Dickerson is a retired Army Colonel living her best life in Big Sky Country