Suicide Prevention Program – Update
Event Spotlight – Coral Head Music Fest
EVENT SPOTLIGHT: Vets Invade the Canyon
Come and celebrate the American Legion’s 100th Birthday at the Vets Invade the Canyon Concert on Friday and Saturday, January 18th-19th at the Rock Crusher Canyon. This two-day birthday celebration is being hosted by American Legion Post 155 in Crystal River and have designated event proceeds to benefit PROJECT: VetRelief.
PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS:
DID YOU KNOW: Program Facts
► 97% of every dollar donated to the program goes directly to our veterans and their families. The additional 3% is used for organizational compliance and accounting/banking fees.
► The PVR office was closed from December 22nd and reopened on January 2nd. Be patient as we work through calls received during that time.
► Legion Riders have already raised over $10,000 for our NEW Suicide Prevention Initiative and have future events planned to raise even more.
► We are collecting resources and contact names of Veteran Service Organizations our VetRelief Advocates work with to create a state-wide resource tool. If you have any contact you’d like to share, please visit to enter the information: https://www.projectvetrelief.org/vso-resource-entries/
► The Legion’s 5th District is encouraging Post 400 members to transfers into a local post. As an incentive, the 5th District will donate $5 of their dues to PVR.
► Jim Wineland, Florida Legion Riders current Department Chairman, joined the Board of Directors in November during the Fall Conference meeting.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Upcoming Events
All of PROJECT: VetRelief’s financial support comes from the generosity of individuals and corporations who believe in what we do. Join us for one of our next events, or hold your own fundraiser.
If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Cooper at 407-295-2631 or email@example.com.
Vets Invade Canyon – Jan 18-19, 2019
Crystal River, FL (get info)
Coral Head Music Fest – Feb 16-17, 2019
Marathon, FL (get tickets)
Legion Riders In-State Unity Ride / Concert – Apr 2019
Tampa or Daytona, FL
6th Annual Golf Tournament – Sept 2019
Bella Collina, FL
Coral Head Music Fest – Nov 2020
Pinellas Park, FL
Due to the increased demand to our program, we are already on track to surpass the total number of cases we funded from last year. Additionally, in October 2017, PROJECT: VetRelief received a large grant from the Florida Veterans Foundation that we will not be receiving again this year.
Therefore, the program growth and absence of funding will cause PROJECT: VetRelief to experience a significant strain due to the financial gap.
We are asking that you help ensure that we are able to continue our mission by making a year-end contribution. As you make your final 2018 tax-deductible donations, please consider the immediate, and in some cases life altering, impact you can make on Florida’s veterans, active duty military members, and their families.
Your year-end gift will move us one step closer to reaching our goal of helping one veteran or military family for every work day – that’s 260 families. Best wishes for a bright and beautiful holiday season, from our family here at PROJECT: VetRelief.
P.S. You will make a difference with your tax-deductible
donation of any amount.
As a part of our efforts to grow and meet the needs of our services members, we are developing a centralized phonebook of veteran organizations or resources. This list of organizations can help PROJECT: VetRelief in two very important ways:
You can help us develop this tool by providing a list of organizations and/or any contact representatives you are already working with. We’ve created an easy online form that you can use to send in your point of contacts.
Here is the link:
Thank you for always stepping up to the plate and assisting veterans in whatever capacity needed!
Thank you to everyone who took advantage of the many PROJECT: VetRelief opportunities during The American Legion, Department of Florida Fall Conference. Take a look at all of the exciting things that happened!
All of PROJECT: VetRelief’s financial support comes
from the generosity of individuals and corporations
who believe in what we do. Join us for one of our next
events, or hold your own fundraiser.
If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Cooper
at 407-295-2631 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we continue to grow and the word spreads, so does the demand and workload on our team. In fact, each month, we receive over 1,500 phone calls from Florida veterans who are needing some type of assistance.
What does PROJECT: VetRelief do each month to accommodate these calls? Our caseworkers provide guidance and direction regardless of their inquiry; whether we are providing financial assistance through our emergency fund or guiding them through a VA sponsored program. Additionally, we are supported by and rely
on our advocates to conduct field interviews and help us determine the qualifications and merits of each financial case. It takes the collaborative efforts from our entire PROJECT: VetRelief Team, hired part-time caseworkers and volunteered advocates, to meet the demands of the veterans and their families who need us.
This month is The American Legion, Department of Florida Fall Conference. The event will be held at the Renaissance at Sea World in Orlando, FL from November 2-4, 2018. Check out the different activities we have going on:
• Pick up marketing materials (Vendor Area)
November 2-3 from 8:00AM – 5:00PM
• Service Officer Presentation (Palini)
Friday, November 2 at 8:00 AM
• EXCLUSIVE Networking Event
Friday, November 2 at 5:30PM
*MUST be a trained VetRelief Advocate.
• Legion Presentation (Crystal DE)
Saturday, November 3 around 12:00PM
• Advocate Training (Palini)
Saturday, November 3 at 2:15-4:30 PM
We are looking forward to seeing you all there!
*Times and room locations are subject to change.
Over the past few months, we’ve had a significant amount of interest in supporting a new suicide prevention initiative, especially from the Auxiliary and the Legion Riders. Our Board of Directors has been working diligently to establish how PROJECT: VetRelief can evolve to make a dent in the tragic statistic of 22 veteran suicides a day that happen throughout the nation.
ADVOCATE SPOTLIGHT: Larry Roberts
Larry Roberts has been much more than a VetRelief Advocate for not only PVR, but for the American Legion and other veteran service
organizations. He is a trained Post Service Officer and has also served as the Legion’s Entitlement Chairman. We are fortunate
that he will help guide us as we establish our action plans moving forward.
It will take the entire Legion Family working together to help bring awareness to this devastating epidemic our veteran community faces. Be on the lookout for fundraising events, such as the upcoming Winter Garden Post 63 Challenge 22 Ruck Walk on November 17th.