October has many fun activities such as corn mazes, pumpkin carving contests and of course Halloween. It is also Agent Orange Awareness Month. Many people who served in Vietnam are facing the after effects of Agent Orange/dioxin. New studies show that Agent Orange might potentially affect offspring and future generations. Below you will find facts and interesting information that you will want to know and be aware of.
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Many people outside of the military aren’t familiar with Gold Star Mothers. Members of the American Gold Star Mothers organization are mothers who have lost a son or daughter who was serving in the Armed Forces. The organization began in 1928 for mothers who lost sons during WWI, and membership has grown over the years to include all mothers regardless of their children’s service period.
The first ever airplane flew in 1903, but it wasn’t until several years later that the Army began using aircraft as part of its defense. As the world of aviation evolved over the decades, the military’s air defenses changed and grew too. It wasn’t until after WWII that the Army’s Air Force division became its own entity. On Sept. 18. 1947, the U.S. Airforce was officially created as an independent branch of the military. This year the Air Force celebrates its 69th birthday.
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is an important time to become educated and enlightened on the disease. One of the main keys to beating any type of cancer is detecting it early. Becoming more aware of how to test and check for prostate cancer is one of the pillars of September, Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
9/11, or Patriot Day, observes Sept. 11, 2001 when four planes were hijacked by men who crashed three of the planes into two prominent buildings on purpose. These buildings were the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan. The other plane, known as Flight 93, crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after flight passengers heroically seized control of the plane, saving several lives with their sacrifice. With nearly 3,000 deaths coming as a result of the attacks, this was the largest act of terrorism ever in the U.S.
Patriot Day observes both the victims of these attacks, and the heroes who responded first. In response to 9/11, military conflict arose in the Middle East, and national security was tightened. Many American families, military members and veterans’ lives have been impacted by Sept. 11, 2001. Here are four ways to observe this day in history:
This week is National Suicide Prevention week. This is a great time to sit down with loved ones and talk about the signs, prevention and what you can do to help. Veterans are at a higher risk of suicide. In 2013, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs released a study that covered suicides from 1999 to 2010. This study showed that roughly 22 veterans commit suicide every day–about one every 65 minutes.
Rio is the beautiful landscape where the 2016 Paralympics will be held. With over 176 countries participating, there will be a lot of tough competition. For people who were born with a disability or were in a tragic accident, the Paralympics is something they can strive for. There are 31 veterans on team USA that went through life altering events such as illness and combat injuries.
On Aug. 29, the Marine Corps Reserve will celebrate its 100th birthday. Throughout its history, the Reserve has augmented and reinforced the Marines’ presence in both World Wars, Korea, Desert Storm, and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential text-based counseling service. Anyone in need of help for any crisis can text START to 741-741 from anywhere in the U.S. at any time. It was initially made for teens, but military personnel and veteran users have jumped up 33 percent since 2014. Due to the high stress of their work environment, members of the military and veterans often report depression, anxiety, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, sexual and physical abuse, financial problems and homelessness.
The Crisis Text Line staff includes both former and current members of the military who are there to help with any issues that may come up. Military members and their families should always have somewhere to go with their problems, and Crisis Text Line is a free, genuine place to do so.
World Humanitarian Day honors those who risk their lives bringing aid and relief to people in crisis. The day was created to honor those who lost their lives when the United Nations headquarters in Iraq was targeted in a 2003 terrorist attack.