This event, created by veterans and for veterans sends a symbolic message that “we (our community) have their backs” and that we will “leave no veteran behind”. For 72 consecutive hours’, veterans will take turns walking a symbolic post across the Verdugo Blvd Bridge and holding vigil. Civilians, an important partner in the welcoming home and support of our military, are invited to “stand post” and hold vigil as well. The opening ceremony will be September 12 at 10 a.m. at Verdugo Park, Glendale. The event will conclude September 15 at 10 a.m. with a Memorial Ceremony for those veterans we have lost to suicide.
According to recent statistics, each day an estimated 22 veterans lose their lives to suicide. Currently more military men and women die by their own hand than are killed in combat. Our communities have become the front lines of this battle to stop this imminent threat. This must end.Veteran’s issues cannot be the sole responsibility of military families or the VA.
“Wellness Works has a long tradition of providing services for the body/mind/spirit to veterans in the community”, says Kathy Lynch, LMFT, Clinical Director of Wellness Works. “But our mission also involves raising awareness of the desperate need for comprehensive veteran services in our community as well as supporting veterans as they work to reintegrate with the civilian world.”
Founded in 1986, Wellness Works, is a 501c3 non-profit organization which engages the community in restoring hope and a sense of wholeness of body and soul to veterans and their families. Wellness Works services are available to veterans in the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys. To learn more about the event, to participate as a veteran or civilian, become a sponsor, or be a part of the Veterans Resource Expo, access social media links, please visit http://wellnessworks4veterans.org
For additional information contact:
Randall Vuchas, Chair, USAF Ret.