It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long since First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden launched their new initiative, Joining Forces, with the hope that it:
Inspires, educates, and sparks action from all sectors of our society–citizens, communities, businesses, non-profits, faith based institutions, philanthropic organizations, and government – to ensure veterans and military families have the opportunities, resources, and support they have earned.
Despite the fact that it was only announced last month, Joining Forces is already having an effect on participating groups–as evidenced by the Veterans Crisis Hotline Public Service Announcements (PSAs) sent my way last week. They are a joint effort from Blue Star Families and The Creative Coalition, and were shot in a very short window of time at the Cannes Film Festival, with some famous faces taking part.
We posted the PSAs on Facebook this weekend, and here is some of the feedback we received. We’d love to hear your thoughts, too:
Thanks for this post; now let’s get these on all networks during prime time!
I’m married to a Veteran who lives with PTSD and its great to know there are people out there who want to help because they need all the help they can get… THANK YOU so much.
It isn’t always an easy task, knowing where to go for help or being unafraid of telling the raw truth of what we deal or have dealt with…Transitioning is difficult for so many… Yet there is help. My first real step was calling the number above…
Thank you for this. I’m a vet just trying to get through day to day. Some days are worse than others. I keep this number handy.