Each year, more than 6,000 Veterans take their own lives. Operation RESILIENCY focuses on the mental health and wellbeing of our Veterans in order to prevent Veteran Suicide and improve the overall quality of the life for our Veterans and their families.
The Independence Fund and the Veterans Health Administration Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (OMHSP) have partnered together in order to make an immediate impact on the lives of our Veterans and their families. The structure is a mutually beneficial manner that advances and improves Veterans’ mental health and wellbeing, and expands and promotes community collaboration to increase access to mental health resources for all Veterans and their families and prevent suicide in the Veteran community.
This partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides peer mentorship and resource sharing through reunions of Veterans from high casualty units. The reunion retreats will be an opportunity for each Veteran to regain the sense of camaraderie lost after leaving their unit. Together, The Independence Fund and the VA are combatting Veteran suicide and reuniting these Veterans with independence. The goal is to ensure the unit that experiences the battle together, experiences healing together.
LOOKING TO NOMINATE A UNIT?
Resiliency retreats will be focused on company-sized units that deployed and conducted combat operations in support of our nation. Retreats are held over a four-day period. Each nomination will be carefully vetted in partnership with the VA. Please submit a request form to nominate an individual unit. Each nomination package MUST include a letter from the company leadership (Company Commander or Senior Enlisted Leadership), stating the timeframe the unit was deployed and a general overview of the combat operations they experienced.