PVR Bulletin – March 2019

Suicide Prevention Program – Update

As many of you are aware, the PROJECT: VetRelief Board of Directors decided to expand our services and create a Suicide Prevention Initiative. Although suicide was already a part of our mission, the members of the Board felt it was time take more of an action towards ending the epidemic.
During the 2018 November meeting, the Board formed a Committee to put together a well-sound program and are scheduled to report back during the next meeting; which will be held in June 2019. At the present time, this initiative is not complete, and their goal is to take time in developing an effective and complete program with measurable results.
The committee had their first meeting on January 8th at the Florida Legion Department Headquarters. They decided that PROJECT: VetRelief should focus on three main areas of service: Raise Awareness, Provide Quality Referrals, and Fund Existing Programs. In the upcoming months, the committee will be meeting with mental health professionals and establishing a network of credible programs and services that are already supporting mental health for our service members and their families.
Even though the program isn’t complete, the Legion Riders have chosen this initiative as their beneficiary for their In-State Unity Ride and Concert in April. The Legion Rider’s Chairman, Jim Wineland, sits on the planning committee and is passionate about getting the right kind of help to our veterans and their families who are dealing with mental health issues.
Although we realize it will take a lot of work to put a stop to the 22 suicides that happen every single day, PROJECT: VetRelief is adamant about establishing a program that will help end this horrific statistic.

Event Spotlight – Coral Head Music Fest

The Third Annual Coral Head Music Fest was held on February 16-17th at the Marathon City Park Amphitheater in Marathon, FL. The Department of Florida Assistant Adjutant, Bruce Comer, made the trip down with the PROEJCT: VetRelief trailer to support the two-day event.
We held our first social media contest and encouraged event attendees to stop by our booth and take a selfie with our trailer. Singer Jen was the winner of the contest and received a PVR Care Package.
The two-day line up consisted of Vince Neil , Jackyl , Mitch Perry , The Sweet , John Cafferty , Art Mulcahy , Lazy Bonez , Fiddle Rock , Caffeine Carl , John Bartus, and Singer Jen.
A special thank you goes out to Rich Anderson and Legion Riders Chapter 154 for putting on another spectacular event. We are so appreciative of all their hard work and dedication in supporting Florida’s veterans!
The Coral Head Music Fest is heading to Pinellas Park in November, so be sure to mark your calendars now. You won’t want to miss it!

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All of PROJECT: VetRelief’s financial support comes from the generosity of individuals and corporations who believe in what we do. Join us for one of our next events, or hold your own fundraiser.
If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Cooper at 407-295-2631 or jcooper@floridalegion.org.
Legion Riders In-State Unity Ride / Concert – Apr 7-13, 2019
Tampa, FL
West Volusia Chamber Ride– Apr 7, 2019
Volusia County, FL
Chapter 10 Armed Forces Day Event – May 18, 2019
Kissimmee, FL
6th Annual Golf Tournament – Sept 23, 2019
Bella Collina, FL
Coral Head Music Fest – Nov 2-3, 2019
Pinellas Park, FL