Elgin Community College Veterans Newsletter for September

The Elgin Community College Veterans Newsletter for September has a number of valuable articles.  Read more about:

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

September 18th Celebrates the 74th Birthday of our U.S. Air Force

Patriot Day September 11th – 9/11 2021 makes 20 Years

POW/MIA Day, is September 17th

Veteran Newsletter 105- September 2021 from Elgin Community College

Afghanistan: Let’s Continue the Conversation

Caregiver Webinar- Afghanistan: Let’s Continue the Conversation

Tuesday, August 31st at 8pm EST

Last week the Elizabeth Dole Foundation reached over two thousand veterans, caregivers and their families, as they struggle with the events, images, and ramifications of our nation ending the longest period of war in our nation’s history. The message we heard loud and clear is that the need for discussion is necessary now, more than ever. Please join EDF, Wounded Warrior Project, TAPS, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Dr. Amit Sood for Part Two of Afghanistan: How Do We Talk About It? Register here.

This session will focus on:

  • How to support veterans during this difficult time and reinforce that their service MATTERS.
  • How to talk with your children and/or adolescents who may not understand what they’re seeing or hearing.
  • Aiding and supporting Afghanistan refugees and opportunities to get involved with existing efforts.
  • What mental health practices and exercises can be incorporated to provide calm during unexpected times of crisis.
  • What resources are available to support you and your family during this time.

LEAN ON US: Advice for Talking with Your Veteran and Your Family About Afghanistan

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, in partnership with Sesame Street, has created a toolkit with advice, tips, and resources for caregivers when talking to their veteran and families about the events unfolding in Afghanistan. Please utilize and share this toolkit widely with anyone who may benefit.

Celebrating Our Independence

What pops into your head when someone mentions the Fourth of July?
To civilians, chances are it is barbecues, flags, parades, throwing back a few cold ones and watching the night sky light up. There is so much more to it than that.
To veterans, the loved ones of the fallen, current service members and their families, it is Independence Day. On July Fourth, they celebrate the country and the independence for which they and their loved ones were willing to sacrifice their lives.

Perhaps this Independence Day, all can join our veterans in truly appreciating what our independence and freedom mean as well as the cost to achieve it.

Let us remember that without the men and women who willingly sacrifice their lives to secure our freedom, we would have no Fourth of July to celebrate.

Remember that the birth of this nation came with the loss of life paid by heroes willing to sacrifice everything that we may know how precious our freedom and liberty truly are.

Thomas Jefferson authored his last letter on July 2, 1826. In it, he proclaimed the importance of Independence Day:

“For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.”

Jefferson, one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States, died two days later on the Fourth of July.

Reference: Veterans Column: Fourth of July Carries Deeper Meaning for Some