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Bagley American Legion Auxiliary members meet with the National Auxiliary President

May 15 – BAGLEY – American Legion Auxiliary Unit 16 President Denise Milton and member Pamela French recently traveled to Sauk Centre, Minnesota to meet with Alaska National American Legion Auxiliary President Lisa Williamson, National Executive Committee Jean Walker and the Department of Minnesota President Sharon Cross.

This was Williamson’s first stop in Minnesota. More than 70 American Legion Auxiliary members from many units attended a dinner and program hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 67, Sauk Center, in District 6, according to a news release.

Williamson shared that the American Legion National Commander, Sons of the American Legion National Commander and the American Legion Auxiliary President have joined forces for the Be The One campaign to end veteran suicide.

Be The One is designed to destigmatize asking for mental health support, provide peer-to-peer support and resources, and educate everyone on how they can “Be the One.” The American Legion is activating its national platform to shift from talking about the statistics of veterans dying by suicide every day to helping those who are there in the moment, one veteran at a time, the release said.

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“We never know when the one who is struggling will be the one standing in front of us,” the release said. Instead of asking, “Are you okay?” the Be The One campaign asks questions like: “Are you planning to commit suicide?” or “Are you considering suicide?”

According to the press release, the time between a veteran’s decision to commit suicide and actually carrying it out is 40 minutes. These precious moments can truly mean the difference between life and death.

As part of the Be the One program, the American Legion has joined forces with Columbia University to develop training for those who want to learn more about interacting and responding with veterans who may be in crisis. Visit

legion.org/betheone/training

for more information and to register for an upcoming online class.

If you or a veteran you know is in crisis, resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Phone call

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988 and press 1,

text

838255

or visit the VA Crisis Line website

veteranscrisisline.net.

In case of emergency: call

911.

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