FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 1, 2018
Contact Dick Carter at 302-245-0670
Delaware women veterans invited to participate in Women’s Service Monument
A public meeting about the Delaware Women’s Service Monument will be held in the Senate Hearing Room on the second floor of Legislative Hall, Dover, on Thursday, January 11, from 10 a.m. until noon.
Delaware’s women have served on the fields of war and at home in the First State, and in 2018 their sacrifices will be recognized with a new monument on the grounds of Legislative Hall, according to Dick Carter, chairman of the Delaware Heritage Commission.
The monument also will recognize those who call Delaware their home even though they weren’t born here. While other monuments have acknowledged women’s roles in Delaware history, there are none specifically dedicated to women veterans.
Between March 2003 and December 2017, the United States military suffered 6,930 deaths in the Middle East. Of those, 207 have been women, including Air Force Senior Airman Elizabeth Loncki of New Castle, a 23-year-old explosives expert who died January 7, 2007, in Iraq while she and two others examined a car bomb.
The design will echo that of the state’s World War I commemorative, erected November 4 at the southwest corner of Legislative Hall and stand on the northwest corner of the capital building’s grounds. It will be highlighted with laser-etched images of real Delawareans.
The General Assembly and the Department of State are the lead agencies on the monument and gathering photos for inclusion on the monument but are hoping others will be found in photo albums or family memorabilia representative of all Delaware women.
The Heritage Commission has been working with the Delaware Public Archives and when the dedication takes place, the Heritage Commission will publish a commemorative booklet including many of the photos not used on the structure.
The monument can also can recognize women who never wore the uniform like those who worked at New Castle’s Bellanca Aircraft and five women killed in a March 1943 blast at the Milford Ordinance Company. Mr. Carter is hoping people will contribute photos and personal stories toward the monument project and what it stands for. “We want as much public input as possible,” he said.
Members of the Heritage Commission hope to have the design finalized by the end of January or early February, which includes selecting the six to eight photographs that will represent all Delaware women on the memorial.
Tentative plans are to dedicate the monument around Mother’s Day 2018. To contribute photographs and memorials, contact Dick Carter at 302-245-0670. Photographs and a brief synopsis of each individual can be sent to email@example.com. Image files must be 300 dpi or higher. Photos may also be dropped off at Mr. Carter’s office in Legislative Hall. All originals will be returned.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is pleased to announce its inaugural Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families. SAMHSA’s SMVF TA Center will facilitate the Mayor’s Challenge process, which includes an orientation meeting, a web-based preparation session, and the two-and-a-half-day policy academy in Washington, DC. Policy academy participants will receive specialized technical assistance aimed at preventing suicide among services for service members, Veterans, and their families through the development of a targeted strategic action plan.
For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON– Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the inaugural Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among service members, Veterans and their families.
The goal of the Mayor’s Challenge is to eliminate suicide by using a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention.
“Of the 20 suicides a day that we reported last year, 14 were not under VA care,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “We are pleased to partner with SAMHSA to bring attention, education and support regarding suicide prevention to communities where our Veterans live.”
VA and SAMHSA will invite seven cities to participate in a policy academy process that up until now has been available only to states and territories. The cities will be invited based on Veteran population data, suicide prevalence rates and capacity of the city to lead the way in this first phase of the Mayor’s Challenge.
The selected cities will be announced mid-December, once they have formally accepted nominations.
Teams from each of the seven cities will meet March 14-16, 2018, in Washington, D.C., to develop strategic action plans to implement in their communities. The teams will include collaborative groups of community, municipal, military and other stakeholders. VA will provide technical assistance to support local efforts and to document outcomes and share strategies with other municipalities.
Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, assistant secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use at SAMHSA, said, “We must act now to accelerate suicide prevention efforts at the local level, with communities embracing and supporting the health and well-being of our service members, Veterans and their families.”
Cities interested in learning more about the Mayor’s Challenge, can submit a request for information form HERE.
Veterans in crisis or having thoughts of suicide — and those who know a Veteran in crisis — should call the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year.
Call 800-273-8255 and press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat or text to 838255.
The Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Training Office is
sponsoring multiple free workshops on the topic of Mindfulness.
You may contact the DSAMH Training Office at DSAMH.Training@state.de.us
Wednesday, December 6 • 7pm
This year’s concert should be an outstanding show. We are featuring music
from many more genres than usual including:
It should be a fun night for the whole
family, with minimal talking, and lots of fun music.
Audience members can expect a holiday concert like they have never seen us
perform before. You should plan to arrive early as there are already a
confirmed 800 guests! And, of course, don’t forget to bring a food item for
the DNG war on hunger!
I am looking forward to seeing you at the concert!
Commander, 287th Army Band
Help The Veterans is sponsoring the Power Breath Meditation workshop in Delaware.
December 8th – 12th
Wilmington VA Hospital
It is free of charge for veterans and military members and is conducted by a national non-profit organization, Project Welcome Home Troops.
If you or anyone you know may benefit from this workshop, please sign up by contacting:
call (208) 409 7806
Recent Chicago Tribune article about the Project Welcome Home Troops
About the workshop
Meera and Raghav Garg
Help The Veterans
Charter School of Wilmington
Help The Veterans: helptheveterans.org is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible fund under Delaware Community Foundation
DJF Wednesday Workshop Series presents…
“Home Buying 101”
Come learn the basics to set yourself up for success in buying your next Home!
LUNCH & LEARN
NORTH: WED, NOV 29, 2017
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE
Building 202, Room 213
Dover AFB, DE
** In order to attend workshop, you MUST have Dept of Defense/DOD ID for Dover AFB base access.
Lunch provided by Presentations. You must PRE-REGISTER.
Command/Supervisor chain approval is required for Full-Time Employees to attend and attendance must be documented in the proper leave status.
DISCLAIMER: The Delaware National Guard does not endorse individual companies or agencies. The information provided herein is distributed to our soldiers and airmen in the event they may wish to take advantage of the stated offer or event. This message is not an endorsement for the company/organization or its affiliates named within the content of the message.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
ASIST is a two-day, intensive suicide intervention skills-training workshop
aimed at those who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in
helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. ASIST provides practical
training and is suitable for anyone in a caring role or working with
vulnerable people, from teenagers upwards.
Wednesday Nov 29-30, 2017
All workshops are 0830-1630 hrs.
Biden National Guard Reserve Center
1 Vavala Way (GPS use: 250 Airport Road)
New Castle, DE 19720
PROGRAM POC to register:
Mr. Ronald Andrews, CTR
Suicide Prevention Program Manager
EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM
2nd Annual Firehouse Family Day
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Dover AFB Fire Department
ANY MILITARY FAMILIES WITH SPECIAL MEDICAL, EDUCATIONAL or EMOTIONAL
NEEDS-ALL AGES. This includes Active Duty families, retirees, civilian
employees on base, as well Guard and Reserve families from ALL BRANCHES of
For more info, Contact Sonya Dyer