Dear American Legion Family Members and Friends,
The American Legion is conducting a survey to assess how the pandemic has affected the overall physical and mental well being of veterans. Take the survey now at this link.
The 2021 Mental Health Survey, open through Nov. 28, will keep the identities of participants anonymous. A central objective of this research is to find effective ways to reduce and prevent veteran suicide. After the last two years of social isolation, financial insecurity and loss of life, it is more important than ever to understand what works in this constantly changing landscape.
In 2019, 6,261 veterans were lost to suicide. Compare that sobering number with the 7,057 killed in post-9/11 war operations. However, for the first time in 20 years, we have seen a decrease in veteran suicide. Still just one veteran lost to suicide is too many.
I am calling on you to take the survey (at this link) and encourage your fellow brothers and sisters in arms to also participate. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete the survey. All responses are confidential, and no personal information is collected.
The survey results will be instrumental in The American Legion’s efforts to improve mental health treatment for veterans, reduce the suicide rate, and shape our policy and resolutions on these important issues.
We must act now.
No Veteran Left Behind,
Paul E. Dillard
American Legion National Commander