Support Awareness for Veteran Suicide–22 Veterans Commit Suicide Daily

On October 19, we will be joining with thousands of people nationwide to walk in the Putnam County Walk, benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and we would appreciate any support that you give for this worthwhile cause.  We will be walking as part of the “PFC Joseph Dwyer Veterans Peer-to-Peer Program of Putnam County” team.

Twenty-two Veterans commit suicide daily.  One a day is too many, let alone twenty-two.  We will be walking in memory of two Putnam County Veterans who took their own lives.

Matthew Oiveri a Coast Guard Veteran, served two deployments to the Persian Gulf. Matthew was 28 years old when he took his own life on February 11, 2012.

Matthew Menchen a USMC Veteran was an active duty Marine from 2000 to 2006.  During part of his time in service, he deployed aboard the USS Portland.  Matthew took his own life on July 16, 2014 and was buried on what would have been his 38th birthday, July 21, 2014.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 38,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP’s mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.

Any contribution will help the work of AFSP, and all donations are 100% tax deductible.

Donating online is safe and easy!  To make an online donation please click one of the team participants listed below and then click on the “Donate” button on their page.

To donate to Karl Rhode’s team:

To donate to Art Hanley’s team:

To read more about AFSP, click here: