Press Release:

Candlelight Vigil - May 22, 2016 - 22:22 hours (10:22 p.m.)

Remembering our Heroes whose lives are lost due to suicide.

War Memorial - 84th & Nashville, Lubbock TX

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Stop Solider Suicides

Remember Our Heroes promotes public awareness of the tremendous suicide crisis our veterans face

Lubbock, TX – On any given day, 22 veterans or active duty members commit suicide. Some estimates are even higher as their deaths are recorded as accidental.  Most of them are Vietnam veterans, with one active duty member each day. That is why, during the month of May, we want to keep the public aware of the tremendous suicide crisis our veterans are facing.

Brian Kinsella founded Stop Soldier Suicide in 2010 after one of his own soldiers attempted to commit suicide. Since that time, the organization has grown and now supports full time personnel to promote soldier suicide awareness as well as some assistance. They lead in awareness through outreach campaigns to change the way our nation thinks about veteran mental health care and the stigma of receiving treatment. The hope is to reduce or eliminate any fear or career repercussions for seeking treatment.

In support of their effort, Remember Our Heroes is sponsoring a candlelight vigil on May 22 at 22:22 hours (10:22 p.m.)  at Lubbock Area Veterans War Memorial, 82nd & Nashville Avenue. We would also like to ask the community to have a moment of silence or prayer at some point on May 22nd to remember that our veterans are in crisis and in need of our help and support.

Press Release:

RoyVelezGrove1Remember Our Heroes FORMERLY Concern For Veterans will be planting 5 beautiful trees on Friday, April 8th at 3:00 pm at Lubbock Area Veterans War Memorial off Nashville and 84th St to honor Roy Velez, Jr and his 2 fallen sons, Jose[ Freddy] and Andrew. The 5 trees will be south of the Memorial facing 84th St. From that day forth, it will be called the Roy Velez, Jr Grove. Roy and his 2 sons who were graduates of Estacado were patriots. Freddy and Andrew answered the call of the trumpet to defend our homeland. Now we honor them with this tree planting service.

As we plant these trees, we are reminded that we remain at war even today. We are also reminded that nationally 22 soldiers/ Vets commit suicide daily and many soldiers come home from multiple deployments and their lives have been changed forever. Many deal with the PTS and live in a dark world. As we celebrate Roy, Freddy and Andrew, let us remember those who still serve and those who have come home. And those lost in the last 2 wars and the Gold Star Families that they left behind.

Please join us to honor these 3 good men especially a Father who had to bury his 2 sons. No one should have to do that.

RoyVelezGrove2TIME: 3:00 PM
LOCATION: American Legion's Lubbock Area Veteran's War Memorial - off Nashville between 82nd and 84th Street. click here for map