31
Mar

The Storm Continues

Our 32 Stormers are back in their home states today but the mission of 2014’s Storm the Hill week of advocacy continues. Now we are counting on you to help push forward with the achievements your friends accomplished in the last week.


After 136 meetings including 65 face to face meetings with Representatives and Senators we now have a Senate bill that addresses the very real and very urgent issues surrounding mental health and suicide amongst veterans. We put in long days walking the halls of Congress to get us to this point, now we need you to push the President and your Members Congress to take action now.

Here’s what you can do today:

1. Call President Obama and ask to issue a comprehensive Executive Order focused on combating veteran suicide.

Dial 1 888 659 8549 and use our script below for more information

 2. Donate. Every dollar counts

31
Mar

National Day of Action

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As part of Storm the Hill 2014, IAVA held a Day of Action. 1,896 flags were planted on the National Mall, one for every veteran that has died by suicide since January 1, 2014. The VA estimates that 22 veterans die by suicide every single day. The Day of Action also included a press conference with Senator Walsh, who introduced the Suicide Prevention for America’s Veterans Act (SAV Act) legislation.

See more pictures here

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Mar
The 32 stormers who made it all possible

The 32 stormers who made it all possible

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Mar

An incredible end to Storm the Hill

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Mar

Why we do this.

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Mar
The striking display of red, white and blue caught the eye of almost everyone leaving a Metro station on the Mall on Thursday. One man wearing a hat with “Vietnam Veteran” stitched on the front took pictures. Others stopped to ask what was going on.
27
Mar

We’re comin’ for ya, Leader Pelosi!

27
Mar

Today we planted 1,892 flags on the National Mall, one for every veteran that has committed suicide since the beginning of the year. We also held a press conference with Senator Walsh of Montana to announce historic legislation aimed at reversing the trend of 22 veteran suicides per day.

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Mar
Thank you, Senator Walsh, for taking the lead on our Campaign to Combat Suicide and introducing the Suicide Prevention for America’s Veterans Act in the Senate. You’re more than an ally — you’re our newest stormer!

Thank you, Senator Walsh, for taking the lead on our Campaign to Combat Suicide and introducing the Suicide Prevention for America’s Veterans Act in the Senate. You’re more than an ally — you’re our newest stormer!

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Mar
You work so hard to bring back our soldiers and you celebrate when they come home, " says Ingrid Tighe, an Army Captain who served with the 1st Cavalry Division in Iraq. "Then you lose someone at home it just eats you up inside." She was one of five Storm the Hill veterans I sat down with to talk about their efforts and the issue of veteran suicides. Another, Jeremy Newton, who flew F-18 fighter jets in the Navy said, "If we were losing 22 a day on the battlefield there would be an outcry.

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