Join the STRONG Veterans Act Initiative: Buddy Check Week – Talk to 10!
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced an exciting new initiative as part of the STRONG Veterans Act of 2022. The inaugural Buddy Check Week is scheduled for October 16 – 20, 2023 and we at Veteran Ratings are calling on all Veterans to join in.
What is Buddy Check Week?
The VA, in partnership with other organizations, will provide training tools, resources, and forums where questions can be asked, and stories can be shared about Veterans connecting with their peers and battle buddies.
How Can You Participate?
Everyone can play a part in this solution. Start by checking in with the Veterans in your life and encourage them to reach out if they need help. Remember, while some of your friends might be doing well, others may require assistance from the community or the VA.
You can share the 1-800-MyVA411 (1-800-698-2411) phone number, the VA.gov/REACH website, and the VA’s Veteran Crisis Line for people to dial 988.
Get Prepared Now
Start by accessing the VA S.A.V.E. training here. In just 30 minutes, you’ll be better equipped to reach your buddies and friends, offering the support they may need if they are having suicidal thoughts.
Explore new ways to find your battle buddies and friends using platforms like Together We Served and RallyPoint. You can also check out other Veteran-serving organizations’ efforts, such as Buddy Check | The American Legion and the Veteran Wellness Alliance Check-In.
Veterans Crisis Line
Your battle buddies and friends from service may be experiencing a variety of stressors in their life. It’s crucial to have the right resources handy when talking about life–past, present, and future. The Veterans Crisis Line is the fastest way to get help if your buddy is in crisis or at risk of suicide. Dial 988 then Press 1 if you encounter a friend needing help immediately.
Join us in making Buddy Check Week a success and let’s ensure our fellow Veterans are supported, connected, and equipped with the resources they need to thrive.